Due to a recent increase in cases in the Maniilaq Service Area, we recommend that employees and the public take extra precautions regarding the spread of COVID-19, along with other respiratory illnesses like influenza and RSV. Here are some guidelines:
-If you have symptoms: stay home, get tested, and seek treatment. Order free at-home tests here.
-Improve airflow and ventilation: options include bringing in as much fresh air as possible, filtering the air, using a portable air cleaner, and turning on exhaust fans.
-Practice good hand hygiene and cover your coughs and sneezes
-Stay home when you are sick and avoid others who are sick
-Masks can help reduce the amount of germs you breathe in, and can also help protect others if you are sick.
-Stay up to date with vaccines: Everyone 6 months and older should get a yearly flu vaccine and a current COVID-19 vaccine, and certain populations should get an RSV vaccine.
More information here: https://www.cdc.gov/respiratory-viruses/index.html
List of symptoms: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html
Guide to isolation: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/isolation.html
Vaccines and COVID-19 tests are available at Public Health Nursing (PHN) at 750 Bison Street in Kotzebue. (Routine vaccinations as well as flu, COVID-19, and RSV are available). Self-testing kits are also available at both PHN and the MHC main lobby. MHC is open 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. PHN is open 8am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday, with a closure from 12:00pm to 1:00pm for lunch. Vaccinations are available 8:00am – 11:30am and 1:00pm – 4:30pm. To make an appointment, please call 907-442-7144. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are strongly encouraged.