New mandate: Air arrivals must stay home for 14 days

Mayor Clay Koplin announces the city’s first health mandate, in response to the escalating number of novel coronavirus cases in Alaska. (March 20, 2020) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Anyone entering Cordova by commercial air service must stay home for 14 days following their arrival, Mayor Clay Koplin announced Friday, March 20. This new mandate also applies to anyone who has arrived by commercial air service since March 6.

According to the mandate, new air arrivals must not go to work or attend school for the entirety of this 14-day period. During that time, they are also mandated to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from other household members.

This health mandate, the first issued by the city, was made in response to the escalating spread of the novel coronavirus in Alaska, Koplin said.

“The city understands the difficulties this mandate may present,” Koplin said. “But we’re committed to the health and welfare of our community, and to prevent spread of the coronavirus in Cordova.”

The State Emergency Operations Center has verified that there have been no interruptions to Alaska’s supply chains, Koplin said. Cordova is receiving its usual shipments of groceries and other necessities and, additionally, an extra inventory of crucial items has been ordered, he said.

As of March 20, all results for coronavirus tests performed on Cordova residents have been negative, Koplin said.


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