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PROCLAMATION OF EMERGENCY “HUNKER DOWN” ORDER EO-03

EXTENDED THRU APRIL 14 LINK

CLICK HERE FOR FAQs

Health Mandate 011: Social-Distancing & Health Mandate 012: Intrastate Travel
Major Economic Relief Package Passes Senate

To better understand the CARES Act review this UPDATED SUMMARY from the U.S. Chamber.

Currently, Alaska Regional is not performing any testing at the hospital, unless they are already patients. Rather people are being sent to the drive-up testing site at Lake Otis Parkway and East 42nd. This method is far safer for everyone involved. Providence Alaska Medical Center is partnering with Alaska Native Medical Center, Alaska Regional Hospital and Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center to offer free drive-through COVID-19 testing to the community. The new drive-up hours are from 11 am to 3 pm, Saturdays and Sundays, and 11 am to 6 pm, Monday through Friday.

In addition, in order to enable patients to evaluate their COVID-19 risk, our corporate office (HCA) has created a “Chat Bot” powered by Microsoft that is available on our website. The goal is to provide patients with a self-assessment tool that will help determine their potential risk of COVID-19 infection and recommended next steps based on their risk level. The tool was added to our website last week. Check it out here.

Currently, our census is pretty low and we are bracing ourselves for an increase, which hopefully we can avoid.

All visitors are being screened, including temperature and many of our entrances have been shut down. We’ve implemented a No Visitor Policy – only visitors for approved criteria:

  • Children under 18 may have one caregiver present
  • NICU patients may have one parent present
  • OB patients may have one labor partner
  • Family of patient who are end of life

For more info, visit alaskaregional.com/covid-19/coronavirus-preparedness.dot.

NEWS & UPDATES

Anchorage Chamber Members Open for Business

We've created a shared Google sheet listing those Anchorage Chamber members who are open for business. Share this information by using this link: bit.ly/ACCmembers

To add a business, simply add their information to the spreadsheet or email tosha@anchoragechamber.org.

Paycheck Protection Program

An SBA loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. The Paycheck Protection Program will be available through June 30, 2020. sba.gov

CLICK HERE for local lenders currently accepting applications

PPP Department of Treasury Fact Sheet

Anchorage Cares

As the pandemic unfolds, hundreds of our neighbors will experience unprecedented hardships. As Alaskans, we will weather this storm by uniting as a community to care for each other.  Read the latest updates here.

Ravn suspends air service, including mail deliveries, to most rural Alaska communities

Following the stoppage of most Ravn flights, the North Slope Borough has announced an agreement with Ryan Air to serve North Slope villages as early as this weekend. READ MORE

Manufacturing Capabilities & Critical Supplies Survey

The Alaska MEP is currently identifying companies that can make critical supplies, in particular, personal protective equipment (PPE). We need to leverage your skills, expertise, experience, and capabilities to address the critical shortages caused by COVID-19.

If you are a business that currently manufactures or has the ability to begin manufacturing equipment to support the emergency response to COVID-19, please complete the survey to help identify what critical items can be produced in Alaska.

TAKE SURVEY

This emergency management specialist has spent years planning for a moment like this.

Here’s how an Anchorage hospital is preparing for COVID-19. READ MORE

Health Alert 010 – Recommendations Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings

Scientific evidence available to date indicates that asymptomatic and presymptomatic shedding of the virus that causes COVID-19 is occurring. This means that people who have no symptoms whatsoever may be infected with the virus and capable of transmitting the virus to others when interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing. This heightens the need for community-wide implementation of control measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among people who are not experiencing symptoms of illness. READ MORE

AIDEA Creates Billion Dollar Loan Guaranty Program

Sustaining Alaska’s Future Economy (AK SAFE) Confronts COVID-19 Economic Crisis

This program will confront the economic crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, which threatens Alaska businesses and the people who work in these businesses. PRESS RELEASE

Alaska’s economy and the COVID-19 virus

REPORT by Mouhcine Guettabi

Matson commits $10,000 to Children’s Lunchbox, boosts other community organizations in light of COVID-19

Matson announced a $10,000 commitment to Children’s Lunchbox to help feed Anchorage schoolchildren. As the Bean’s Café and Children’s Lunchbox corporate partner of the year in 2019, Matson has been a longtime supporter of these organizations. The company sends a group of employee volunteers to assist Children’s Lunchbox in compiling meals each month, so when the call for additional support due to COVID-19 went out, Matson was among the first to respond. PRESS RELEASE

Mayor to hold regular community briefings about COVID-19 response

The Mayor will hold regular community briefings to inform the public about the Municipality’s response to COVID-19. The briefings will take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at noon, for the foreseeable future. Livestreams available via the Mayor's Facebook Page

COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports

See how your community is moving around differently due to COVID-19

google.com/covid19/mobility/

U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Upcoming Calls and Webinars

Friday, April 10, 2020: Weekly U.S. Chamber Coronavirus Call with Member Chambers and Trade Associations

Please join us Friday, April 10 at 4:00 p.m. ET for our next weekly coronavirus call with chamber and trade association members of the U.S. Chamber.

REGISTER

ANCHORAGE CHAMBER MEMBER UPDATES

Free Public Relations Services for Alaska Nonprofits

Alaska’s nonprofits lift a lot of weight, often with little support. Charged with fulfilling a mission to make each community a better place, there’s no doubt to the impacts they make, especially in the face of a crisis such as the ongoing pandemic. In gratitude, Thompson & Co. Public Relations is providing free communications consulting for up to three nonprofits a week throughout the month of April. PRESS RELEASE

Alaska Airlines making significant changes to our schedule during these unprecedented times

Alaska Airlines made the difficult decision to implement significant capacity reductions for April and May throughout their network. They're decreasing their flying by approximately 70% systemwide for each month. READ MORE

BDO on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201),  became law on March 18, 2020. The Act guarantees free testing for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), establishes emergency paid sick leave, expands family and medical leave, enhances unemployment insurance, expands food security initiatives, and increases federal Medicaid funding. READ MORE

GCI joins NCTA project to track internet usage during COVID-19

Maintaining network operations and access is a priority for service providers across the nation. This week GCI joined a project spearheaded by industry organization NCTA to launch an online tracker for metrics, trends and observations related to internet usage during COVID-19. In line with national trends, internet usage in Alaska since March 1, 2020 has grown more than 20 percent. LEARN MORE

Daily Briefings for Small Business: Ask an Advisor!

Join Alaska SBDC Business Advisors Monday-Friday at 2 pm online for the latest updates in COVID-19 related news and resources (emergency loans, unemployment, etc.). REGISTER FOR DAILY BRIEFINGS

For more resources, visit aksbdc.org/covid19.

Costco Coronavirus Update

Costco is temporarily allowing priority access to our warehouses for Costco members who are healthcare workers and first responders such as police officers, EMTs and firefighters. Healthcare workers and first responders who present a Costco membership card and official identification of their role, will be allowed to move to the front of any line to enter the warehouse.

​Temporary Essential Service Transportation for People Mover Riders

The Public Transportation Department's top priority is the safety and well-being of our community, including our riders and employees. The difficult decision has been made to suspend People Mover fixed-route service. In an effort to continue providing essential transportation during this difficult time while helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19, a limited number of essential trips will be provided by AnchorRIDES for the general public. MORE INFO

WEBINARS: Building Trust in Trying Times

Business owners can subscribe to the Better Business Bureau Northwest + Pacific YouTube channel for information and advice on getting through this trying time. Stay tuned for additional webinars.

SUBSCRIBE

WEBINAR: COVID-19 & Your Business

WATCH PART 1  |  WATCH PART 2

DOL Outlines Coronavirus Relief Law’s Paid Leave Requirements (PDF)

For more webinar recordings and resources from RISQ Consulting, visit risqconsulting.com/covid-19-resources.

SUPPORT LOCAL!

Anchorage Chamber Members Open for Business

We've created a shared Google sheet listing those Anchorage Chamber members who are open for business. Share this information by using this link: bit.ly/ACCmembers

To add a business, simply add their information to the spreadsheet or email tosha@anchoragechamber.org.

Social distance with Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

AWCC gives visitors the option to self-tour its 1.5-mile outdoor loop. Whether you decide to walk or drive around in your car, say hello to your favorite Alaska animals and get out of the house, while also keeping safe. READ MORE

Let's Support our Local Small Businesses with a Virtual Game of Bingo!

Click the bingo card below to find out how to participate. A random winner will be drawn at the end of the "Hunker Down" mandate.

$5 A4A Meals for Those Out of Work

49th State Brewing Co. is offering $5 carry-out meals to support those out of work. And for those Alaskans working in health and emergency care, they know you're tired. Order an A4A Meal and they'll deliver it to you and waive the delivery fee. ORDER ONLINE

Downtown Gift Card Stimulus Program

The Anchorage Downtown Partnership Ltd. created the Downtown Gift Card Stimulus Program to support our downtown economy by promoting gift card purchases. The program will run through May 1st, 2020. READ MORE

Can't Go to the Store?

Use a pickup or delivery service (please be prepared for wait times due to high demand)

Job Opportunities

While some companies are on a hiring freeze, others are looking to add to their team.

Municipality Business Dashboard

In response to the business closures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Municipality of Anchorage has created a business dashboard.  This dashboard shows a map of businesses that are open, closed or under altered operating hours based on a survey business owners can fill out.  There is a specific map of restaurants offering to-go or delivery service.

HELP THE COMMUNITY

B & B, Hotels, Businesses and Individuals Requested to Donate Personal Care Items

Anchorage continues to be a community with a big heart, and there are more items needed to help our fellow humans. Requets include:

  • Single-use/travel size shampoo and soap
  • Hair combs (not brushes)
  • Toothbrushes
  • Travel-sized toothpaste, NO MOUTHWASH
  • Decks of playing cards
  • Board games

PLEASE ONLY DONATE UNOPENED ITEMS

Please take donations to:
CrossFit Alaska
9191 Old Seward Highway
Entrance faces Scooter Ave

Hours of donation: 9 AM- 5 PM 7 days a week.

For questions, contact 2-1-1, email covid-19@anchorageak.gov or call 907-343-4019.

At-Risk & Senior Shopping Hours

Carrs Safeway

  • Tues. & Thurs.: 6 am to 9 am

Costco

  • Tues. & Thurs.: 8 am to 9 am

Fred Meyer

  • Mon. thru Thurs.: 7 am to 8 am

Walgreens

  • Tuesdays 8 am to 9 am

Walmart

  • Tuesdays 7:30 am to 8:30 am

Current Critical Needs

The Blood Bank of Alaska is low on blood and needs donations. Especially for type O and O+. Donations by appointment only. Call 222-5630 or visit bloodbankofalaska.org.

Food Bank of Alaska

The Food Bank of Alaska is working closely with their 40 Southcentral partner agencies like the Children’s Lunchbox to provide emergency food assistance during the COVID-19 outbreak, on top of what they typically do to meet the needs of food-insecure Alaskans. Their hunger relief programs allow families to save the money they would have spent on food for other critical expenses like rent, car payments and medical bills. If you have employees that could use information about available food resources you can click here or for information on SNAP and other temporary assistance programs click here.

HEALTH, WELLNESS & LIFESTYLE

4 Best Work from Home Tips to Stay Productive

Written by Audrey Juliussen, Bradison Management Group

We know there is so much uncertainty in the world right now, and many of us are adjusting to a new normal: life in the times of social distancing. For many professionals, this means adapting to working from home to help slow the spread of coronavirus. BMG wanted to provide some tips and tricks to help make the transition easier. Here are our top four tips to staying productive while working from home READ MORE

Apple Launches COVID-19 App

The COVID-19 app has up-to-date information from trusted sources about the coronavirus disease that is impacting people across the world. It has a screening tool so you can find out what you should do now for yourself or for a loved one. And it gives you access to resources you may need to feel supported and informed. APP STORE

 

What To Do With Kids During COVID-19

Need some help entertaining your kids while school is on hold? Check out these resources for educational entertainment. Visit anchoragelibrary.org/services/services-for/kids/what-to-do-with-kids-during-covid-19.

 

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