The Anchorage Health Department has confirmed that persons who were infectious with COVID-19 spent extended time in the following locations during the past 10 days on the dates specified. We are concerned that the person with COVID-19 may have transmitted the virus to others in close contact at the location. We have been unable to identify and contact everyone who may have had close contact with the infectious person at the location and who may be at risk of becoming sick.
Location: Brother Francis Shelter
Address: 1021 E 3rd Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501
Exposure Period: August 16, 2020 to present
If you were in a location on a date listed:
- Stay away from people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.
- Watch for symptoms and check your temperature twice a day for 14 days after you were in one of the businesses during the dates listed above.
- Symptoms, which can start up to 14 days after exposure, can include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chest pressure or tightness, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.
- If you develop any of these symptoms, stay home, except to get tested as soon as possible. Information on testing in Anchorage and the rest of Alaska is available here.
- You may be infectious to others for two days BEFORE and 10 days AFTER you get sick. Do not go to work or public places. You can easily spread COVID-19 before you feel any symptoms.
- For more detailed instructions, see CDC’s What To Do If You Are Sick
AHD does not list informal gatherings. Some people confirmed to have COVID-19 did not share or remember all of their close contacts or public places they visited. Additionally, it typically takes 2-7 days before our team is able to learn where potential exposures have occurred.
Community members can help our public health nursing team by keeping a contact log, noting the days and times of the places visited and the people they came in contact with. The contact log helps with contact tracing in the event you become sick with COVID-19.
For more information, call 2-1-1 or visit www.muni.org/COVID-19.
Locations in which no further cases have been identified within the last 10 days are removed from the list.
AHD process for public notification of COVID-19 exposure locations
Anyone in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 is at increased risk of becoming infected and infecting others. Contact tracing helps prevent further transmission by quickly identifying and informing people who may be infected so they can take steps to not infect others.
An exposure location rises to the level of a public notification when a person with COVID-19 spends more than 15 minutes, while infectious in an indoor space, in which:
- More than 10 people other than household members were present;
- Physical distancing and wearing of face coverings were not or could not be universally followed; and
- All people at the location cannot be identified or contacted because:
- the location did not maintain a log of everyone present during the exposure period
- the location log is illegible or incomplete
- the person with COVID-19 is unable or unwilling to identify close contacts.
– Or –
- If AHD lacks capacity to conduct the contact tracing in a timely manner.
When an exposure location of concern is identified, AHD:
- Calls the location and notifies them of the date(s) the exposure occurred.
- Informs the location that they will receive a letter with CDC sanitization instructions and an “exposure notice” sign. The sign must be displayed in a visible area.
- Asks the location if a log of the names and phone numbers of everyone present during the exposure period, per the Municipality’s Phase 3 reopening guidelines, was maintained. If a log was maintained, AHD requests a copy to assist with contact tracing.
- If a complete and legible log was maintained that does not exceed contact tracing capacity, a public exposure notification may not be required.
- Informs the location whether a public exposure notification will be posted to reach all exposed customers at risk of infection.
AHD lists locations where it is unable to contact all persons who likely came into close contact with an infectious person, or if AHD lacks capacity to conduct the contact tracing in a timely manner. COVID-19 exposures can happen even when a location follows all recommended guidelines.