COVID-19 Updates

Wastewater testing 

** Update**

April 16, 2021

The City of Hoonah’s wastewater test results for COVID-19 collected the week of April 12th came back negative!  We are asking that people continue to take advantage of the rapid COVID-19 test at the airport, between the hours of 8:00-10:00 and 2:00-4:00.  On Sunday, testing will only take place 2:00-4:00 p.m.  Testing will allow us to ensure that we can contain the pandemic and stop it from spreading further in our community.  Please keep practicing safety protocols.  Wear masks, wash hands frequently, and practice social distancing.  The wastewater testing will continue weekly for the near future.  Stay vigilant!

Emergency Resolution No. 21-03-03

** Update**

March 03, 2021

AN EMERGENCY RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF HOONAH FINDING THE EXISTENCE OF A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY RELATED TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK; AMENDING EMERGENCY RESOLUTION NOS. 20-03-05, 20-03-04, AND 20-04-06 AND EMERGENCY ORDER NO. 03-26-20; INCORPORATING BY REFERENCE EMERGENCY RESOLUTION NOS. 20-03-02 AND 20-03-03 AND THE DECLARATION OF LOCAL EMERGENCY ORDER NO. 03-20-20, ISSUED BY THE MAYOR AND CITY ADMINISTRATOR ON March 20, 2020; SEEKING STATE AND FEDERAL FUNDING ASSISTANCE; AND ISSUING CERTAIN HEALTH ADVISORIES AND REQUESTS CONSISTENT WITH STATE AND FEDERAL LAW.

Wastewater testing 

** Update**

February 15, 2021

The City of Hoonah’s wastewater test results for COVID-19 collected the week of February 15th came back negative!  We are asking that people continue to take advantage of the rapid COVID-19 test at the airport, between the hours of 8:00-10:00 and 2:00-4:00.  On Sunday, testing will only take place 2:00-4:00 p.m.  Testing will allow us to ensure that we can contain the pandemic and stop it from spreading further in our community.  Please keep practicing safety protocols.  Wear masks, wash hands frequently, and practice social distancing.  The wastewater testing will continue weekly for the near future.  Stay vigilant!

Hoonah Travel Requirements

 *** Hoonah Travel Requirements***

February 17, 2021

 

While the State of Alaska has stopped their travel requirements, the City of Hoonah's has not changed.  In-state travel still requires testing and 3 days of strict social distancing and out-of-state travel still requires testing and 5 days of strict social distancing.

Wastewater testing 

** Update**

February 8, 2021

The City of Hoonah’s wastewater test results for COVID-19 collected the week of February 8th came back negative!  We are asking that people continue to take advantage of the rapid COVID-19 test at the airport, between the hours of 8:00-10:00 and 2:00-4:00.  On Sunday, testing will only take place 2:00-4:00 p.m.  Testing will allow us to ensure that we can contain the pandemic and stop it from spreading further in our community.  Please keep practicing safety protocols.  Wear masks, wash hands frequently, and practice social distancing.  The wastewater testing will continue weekly for the near future.  Stay vigilant!

Wastewater testing 

** Update**

February 1, 2021

The City of Hoonah’s wastewater test results for COVID-19 collected the week of February 1st came back negative!  We are asking that people continue to take advantage of the rapid COVID-19 test at the airport, between the hours of 8:30-10:30 and 2:30-4:30.  On Sunday, testing will only take place 2:30-4:30 p.m.  Testing will allow us to ensure that we can contain the pandemic and stop it from spreading further in our community.  Please keep practicing safety protocols.  Wear masks, wash hands frequently, and practice social distancing.  The wastewater testing will continue weekly for the near future.  Stay vigilant!

Wastewater testing 

** Update**

January 23, 2021

The City of Hoonah’s wastewater test results for COVID-19 collected the week of January 18th came back negative!  We are asking that people continue to take advantage of the rapid COVID-19 test at the airport, between the hours of 8:30-10:30 and 2:30-4:30.  Testing will allow us to ensure that we can contain the pandemic and stop it from spreading further in our community.  Please keep practicing safety protocols.  Wear masks, wash hands frequently, and practice social distancing.  The wastewater testing will continue weekly for the near future.  Stay vigilant!

Notice about vaccinating

The City of Hoonah encourages all residents to take advantage of the SEARHC COVID-19 vaccination program.  Any resident over 16 is now eligible.  You need to register online.  If unable to do online registration, call the clinic to register.  Once registration is complete you need to set up an appointment with the clinic, but you MUST REGISTER! 

In order for our community to get past this pandemic we need to reach herd immunity levels of 70-90% of eligible residents.  Please vaccinate!

wastewater testing results

**Update**

January 16, 2021

 

The City of Hoonah's wastewater test results for COVID-19 for the week of January 11th came back positive. We have no confirmed cases, and with this updated information we are asking people to take advantage of the rapid COVID-19 test at the airport, between the hours of 8:30-10:30 and 2:30-4:30. Testing will allow us to ensure that we can contain the pandemic and stop it from spreading further in our community. Please keep practicing safety protocols. Wear masks, wash hands frequently, and practice social distancing. The wastewater testing will continue weekly for the near future. Stay vigilant! 

wastewater testing results

**Update**

December 21, 2020

The City of Hoonah’s wastewater test results for COVID-19 collected December 14, 2020 came back negative!  We are asking that people continue to take advantage of the rapid COVID-19 test at the airport, between the hours of 8:30-10:30 and 2:30-4:30.  Testing will allow us to ensure that we can contain the pandemic and stop it from spreading further in our community.  Please keep practicing safety protocols.  Wear masks, wash hands frequently, and practice social distancing.  The wastewater testing will continue weekly for the near future.  Stay vigilant!

Emergency resolution no. 21-01-01

An Emergency Resolution of the City of Hoonah finding the existence of a Public Health Emergency related to the COVID-19 outbreak; amending Emergency Resolution NOS. 20-03-05 and 20-03-04 and Emergency Order No. 03-26-20; Incorporating by reference Emergency Resolution NOS. 20-03-02 and 20-03-03 and The Declaration of Local Emergency Order No. 03-20-20, Issued by the Mayor and City Administrator on March 20, 2020; seeking State and Federal funding assistance; and issuing certain Health Advisories and requests consistent with State and Federal Law.

wastewater testing results

**Update**

December 04, 2020

The City of Hoonah's wastewater test results for COVID-19 for the week of November 16th and week of November 23rd came back positive. We have 1 active case of COVID-19 currently here in Hoonah.

Please keep practicing safety protocols. Wear masks, wash hands frequently, and practice social distancing. The wastewater testing will continue weekly for the near future.

 

Keep it up Hoonah! All of your hard work continues to pay off! Stay vigilant!

press release

**November 17, 2020**

To the Residents of Hoonah:


As of today, the City of Hoonah received confirmation that we have three positive cases of COVID-19.
All restaurants and bars must limit capacity.


During this time please minimize interactions with others outside of your immediate families, wash hands frequently, wear masks when required, and continue to practice social distancing.


Please remain calm! Stay positive! We are in this together!

Gerald Byers,

Mayor of Hoonah

Effective Thursday, November 12, 2020

Hoonah Requirements for In-State Travelers

Step 1. All incoming travelers must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours (3 days) of arrival into Hoonah OR commit to FREE testing provided by the City of Hoonah in partnership with Hoonah Indian Association. This free testing will be provided at the airport when planes are in, or ferry terminal when ferries are in port. If coming by private boat or private plane, please call HIA at 945-3545 to set up an appointment for a free test.

 

Step 2. With a negative COVID-19 test you are required to practice strict social distancing for 72 hours. You are allowed to be in an outdoor public place, but you must remain six feet away from anyone not in your immediate household and must wear a face covering. You CANNOT enter stores, restaurants, bars, gyms, community centers, office buildings, and school or daycare facilities. Do not participate in any group activities, including sporting events and practices, weddings, funerals, or other gatherings.


Step 3. You are required to take a second free test after 72 hours (3 days) of arrival into Hoonah. You can take this second free test by going to the airport or ferry terminal when a ferry or plane is in, or by calling HIA to set up an appointment.

IF YOU REFUSE TESTING, A MANDATORY 14-DAY QUARANTINE IS REQUIRED.

 

If you have questions, please call City Hall at 945-3663.

Wastewater testing results

***Update***

November 4, 2020

 

The City of Hoonah’s wastewater test results for COVID-19 done October 28, 2020, came back negative again!  Please keep practicing safety protocols.  Wear masks, wash hands frequently, and practice social distancing.  The wastewater testing will continue weekly for the near future.  Keep it up Hoonah!  All of your hard work continues to pay off!  Stay vigilant!

Wastewater testing results

***Update***

October 26th, 2020

 

The City of Hoonah’s wastewater test results for COVID-19 done October 21, 2020 came back negative again! 

Please keep practicing safety protocols.  Wear masks, wash hands frequently, and practice social distancing.  The wastewater testing will continue weekly for the near future. 

 

Keep it up Hoonah!  All of your hard work continues to pay off!  Stay vigilant!

Wastewater testing results

***Update***

October 16th, 2020

 

The City of Hoonah's wastewater test 

results for COVID-19 done October 14, 2020 came back negative again I Please keep practicing safety protocols. Wear masks, wash hands frequently, and practice social distancing. The wastewater testing will continue weekly for the near future.

 

Keep it up Hoonah! All of your hard work is paying off I Stay vigilant !

Wastewater testing results

Effective Date/Time: October 9, 2020

The City of Hoonah's wastewater test results for COVID-19 came back negative. Please keep practicing safety protocols. Wear masks, wash hands frequently, and practice social distancing. The wastewater testing will continue weekly for the near future.


Keep it up Hoonah! All of your hard work is paying off! Stay vigilant!

Wastewater testing

Effective Date/Time: October 7, 2020

Dear Hoonah Residents,

 

The City of Hoonah, with the assistance of the University of Alaska, has been conducting a wastewater testing program as a means of detecting the presence of COVID-19 in Hoonah.   The City is expecting results from the first round of wastewater testing on Friday, October 9, 2020.

 

The City is sharing this message with you in an effort to be transparent and keep residents informed.  Please visit the City of Hoonah website for the latest updates and to view Hoonah’s COVID-19 policies and procedures.

 

The City will continue to operate in close collaboration with local, state and tribal health officials and in regular communication with Hoonah residents.  Please remain vigilant and continue to follow local, state and federal COVID-19 policies and health mandates.

- Jim Sheehan

wastewater testing results

**Update**

January 9, 2021

 

The City of Hoonah’s wastewater test results forCOVID-19 collected the last week of December and first week of January came back negative! We are asking that people continue to take advantage of the rapid COVID-19 test at the airport, between the hours of 8:30-10:30 and 2:30-4:30. Testing will allow us to ensure that we can contain the pandemic and stop it from spreading further in our community. Please keep practicing safety protocols. Wear masks, wash hands frequently, and practice social distancing. The wastewater testing will continue weekly for the near future. Stay vigilant!

Emergency Order 04-02-20 in response to COvid-19

Effective Date/Time: April 2, 2020

Issued by the City Administrator in conjunction with Mayor of Hoonah, Alaska by authorization granted by Emergency Resolution No. 20-03-02
The following Emergency Regulations are effective as of 12:00 pm on Thursday, April 2, 2020 to protect public health during the COVID-19 emergency. The following Emergency regulations shall have the power of law and shall remain in effect until May 151, 2020, and shall supersede all conflicting laws, ordinances, or regulations during the term of this emergency.

  1. All playgrounds and Parks are now closed to the public, to include children of any age.

The path and open space at Keidladee Park is to be available for use by the public.

Users must adhere to the social distancing guidelines set by State Health mandates.

Dated this 2nd day of April, 2020.

Letter to Hoonah Residents

Letter to Hoonah Residents

 


The City Council and Administration have joined with the many voices in our community to act decisively to protect our community from the impacts of the Corona Virus COVID-19 Pandemic which is rapidly effecting the entire world. Everyone has, by now, seen how destructive this virus is to those who fall ill with its most significant effects.


In 1944 Hoonah was devastated by a fire which swept unchecked through the town in a very short time. In that instant, we were helpless to protect ourselves from the fire. The effects of that event are well remembered and impacted every family in the community.


Today we are faced with the potential for another devastating event to sweep through our community with effects that may be more far-reaching and long-lasting than the fire in 1944. The difference between these two events is that today we have the opportunity to act in advance of the challenge and take steps to ensure we come through with our community intact and stronger.


It is in the spirit of the preservation of our vibrant culture and community that we ask each and every citizen of Hoonah, from the most respected elders to the tiniest children to embrace and adhere to the guidelines spelled out in our resolutions and emergency orders, as well as the State of Alaska Mandates.

The State of Alaska

Department of Transportation and public facilities

Dear Sir / Maam,

As rural communities seek to limit the impacts of COVID19, the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) is receiving numerous requests for local airport closures. 

DOT&PF has confirmed with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that airport closure is not a valid option at this time for several reasons:

  • Airports are public facilities that provide critical life, health, and safety access to rural communities.

  • Alaska’s airports have received significant federal funding to ensure they remain open and operational to all aircraft users and the public.Federal grant assurances associated with the funding prohibits airport closure without FAA approval.

  • Public airports must remain open and available to all types of users (commercial, private, passenger, cargo, etc.)

The City has worked with our State Representative to secure online renewals for Driver license, CDL and /ID's

In-state extensions are being allowed, and all credentials, including commercial can be extended by 6 months until further notice.


Applicants requesting an extension of their driver license expiring during this period, may apply on the DMV website at: http://doa.alaska.gov/dmv/


There is a $5 processing fee and applicants will receive a paper license extension valid for 6 months. This process is available for both commercial and noncommercial licenses.

ID cards may be renewed on-line.
 

https://online.dmv.alaska.gov/DMVMailInRenewal/index.aspx

EMERGENCY ORDER 03-26-20

RESOLUTION NO. 20-03-04

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF HOONAH DECLARING A LOCAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE TO COVID-19.

 

WHEREAS: COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that can result in serious illness or death and is caused by the SARS-Cov-2 virus ("virus"), a new strain of the coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans and is easily transmittable person to person; and


WHEREAS: on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization ("WHO") declared the virus a pandemic;


WHEREAS: on March 11, 2020, the State of Alaska declared a public health emergency in response to the anticipated outbreak of the virus in Alaska; and


WHEREAS: on March 13, 2020, President Donald J. Trump declared a national emergency in response to the virus pandemic; and


WHEREAS: on March 18, 2020, the Council declared a local emergency in response to COVID-19; and


WHEREAS: on March 20, 2020 the neighboring community of Juneau had two confirmed COVID-19 cases,


WHEREAS: on March 25, 2020 the State of Alaska had 42 confirmed COVID-19 cases; and

WHEREAS: the City of Hoonah is linked to Juneau by daily commercial traffic and weekly ferry service; and


WHEREAS: COVID-19 poses an imminent threat to human health, safety and welfare to the residents of the City of Hoonah ("COH"); and


NOW THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF HOONAH, ALASKA:

**PUBLIC NOTICE**
Special City Council Meeting
March 26, 2020
7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers
Out of an abundance of caution, this meeting is not open to in-person public attendance.

I.    Call to Order

II.    Roll Call

III.    Pledge of Allegiance

IV.    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

V.    Adjourn

Emergency Order 03-23-20

In response to Covid-19

Effective Date/Time: March 23, 2020

Issued by the City Administrator in conjunction with Mayor of Hoonah, Alaska by authorization granted by Emergency Resolution No. 20-03-02


The following Emergency Regulations are effective as of 12:00 pm on Monday, March 23, 2020 to protect public health during the COVID-19 emergency. The following Emergency regulations shall have the power of law and shall remain in effect until May 1st, 2020, and shall supersede all conflicting laws, ordinances, or regulations during the term of this emergency.

1. All Playgrounds and Parks are now closed to the public, to include children of any age.

Dated this 23th day of March, 2020.

Emergency Order 03-20-2020

In response to COVID-19

Effective Date/Time: March 20, 2020

Issued by the City Administrator in conjunction with Mayor of Hoonah, Alaska by authorization granted by Emergency Resolution No. 20-03-02

 

The following Emergency Regulations are effective as of 6:00 pm on Friday, March 20, 2020 to protect public health during the COVID-19 emergency.  The following Emergency regulations shall have the power of law and shall remain in effect until May 1st, 2020, and shall supersede all conflicting laws, ordinances, or regulations during the term of this emergency.

 

  1. All bars, restaurants, fraternal organizations, churches, sellers of food and beverages, locations where congregate meals are served, and any other establishments serving food or beverages within the City of Hoonah shall be closed for dine-in or drink-in service. All buffets and salad bars shall be closed to self-service. This order does not forbid otherwise lawful take-out or delivery service. A copy of this order shall be conspicuously posted by the owner, operator, manager, or other person having control of an establishment subject to this order.

    • This regulation does not apply to grocery stores (except as to self-service buffets and salad bars within).

  2. All Public Gatherings shall be limited to five persons or less. Churches will not be allowed to convene live services.

  3. The City of Hoonah strongly encourages social distancing of six feet or more in public places.

 

Dated this 20th day of March 20, 2020.

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