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(4:42 p.m.) — Three Coast Guard members are in self-isolation on Base Kodiak after returning from traveling. One of the three has exhibited symptoms that are compatible with COVID-19 but “has improved significantly,” according to an email from Chief Petty Officer Matthew Schofield.
“All three members are scheduled to be in self-isolation until the end of March in efforts to reduce the overall potential risk to the Kodiak community,” Schofield wrote. “For the three members currently in self-isolation, these measures were taken out of an abundance of caution and per CDC guidelines. Members were required to be isolated for 14 days.”
Many of the Base Kodiak support activities have been suspended to prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, Schofield said there has been no impact to operations due to personnel being in self-isolation.
Coast Guard personnel returning from “an area of sustained community transmission” of COVID-19 are instructed to contact their chain of command before returning to a Coast Guard workspace.
According to guidelines published by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, all people entering the state from high-risk areas, including China, South Korea, Iran and Europe are required to self-isolate for 14 days, and are forbidden to go to work. However, isolation is not mandated at this time for individuals returning to Alaska from other parts of the U.S.
People entering Alaska from “medium-risk” places, including other parts of the U.S., are required to maintain 6 feet from other people and avoid crowded places, including shopping centers. If individuals cannot maintain a social distance at their workplace, they should not go to work.