COVID-19 Information and Resources
How can I help prevent the spread of COVID-19?
- Wash your hands with soap and water, well and often. Sing a silly song so that you spend at least 20 seconds scrubbing those germs away.
- If you can't wash your hands, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content.
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands. If you have trouble with this one, make sure you wash your hands even more often.
- Follow local, state, and federal guidance on face covering and masks.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Put distance between yourself and others (social distancing). A good six feet between yourself and others, and avoiding crowds and large gatherings, can reduce the spread of the virus. This helps protect our most vulnerable neighbors who are at greater risk of getting sick, and brings joy to our introvert neighbors.
- If you have symptoms of COVID-19, get tested. Find a testing site.
- Talk to your health care provider about the COVID-19 vaccines. Free vaccinations are available statewide.
What is my local government doing about COVID-19?
Each local government and school board will be making decisions and issuing updates. Your local news channels are a great resource for up-to-date information. You can also check your local government websites.
- Anchorage Health Department 2019 Novel Coronavirus Information
- Anchorage School District COVID-19 Information
- City of Bethel
- Dillingham City School District
- City of Fairbanks COVID-19 Information
- Fairbanks North Star Borough
- Fairbanks North Star Borough School District
- City of Homer
- City and Borough of Juneau COVID-19 Information
- Juneau School District
- Kenai Peninsula Borough Virtual Joint Information Center (Emergency Alerts)
- Ketchikan Gateway Borough
- Kodiak Island Borough
- Mat-Su Borough COVID-19 Information Hub
- Mat-Su Borough School District COVID-19 Information
- North Slope Borough
- Northwest Arctic Borough
- City of Valdez
Help with Basic Needs
Alaska 211 can help connect you to local resources for food, diapers, and other necessities. Call 2-1-1 or go to alaska211.org.
For families facing eviction or at risk of homelessness, rental assistance and other services are available. Alaska 211 can connect you with local rental assistance programs.
- Alaska Legal Services Corporation’s Landlord/Tenant Hotline provides free assistance to both tenants and landlords.
- Monday through Thursday from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
- In Anchorage call: 743-1000.
- Outside Anchorage call: (855) 743-1001.
For families that depend on school nutrition services for healthy meals, there will be summer lunch programs distributing food in some communities. Find the summer lunch program in your community with the USDA Meals for Kids Site Finder.
Alaska's food banks are accepting and distributing food donations.
I'm feeling really stressed and anxious about what's happening. Where can I get help?
Natural disasters and emergencies like the COVID-19 outbreak can be very stressful and scary. How we respond to the outbreak depends on all sorts of factors. There are resources to help us manage and reduce stress, anxiety, and fear.
Aetna Resources for Living phone support, information, and referrals
AlaskaCare Members 1-855-784-8646
SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 or TTY 1-800-846-8517.
Alaska Careline 1-877-266-4357