Emergency Management Announcements

NEW Online Tool to check for COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

Sunday, March 22, 2020: ​ONLINE TOOL to check for COVID-19 Symptoms: https://c19check.com/start

Do you think that you or a loved one has one or more symptoms of the COVID-19 virus and aren't sure what your next steps are for care and treatment?

Vital Software and Emory University have developed an online tool that will give you recommendations based on the information you provide.

This tool is NOT intended to be used for the diagnosis or treatment of COVID-19, it will only provide you with guidance based on current guidelines for responding to symptoms associated with the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.

If you think you have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately.

Visit: www.coronavirus.alaska.gov for official information.​
Updated: Mar-22 12:32PM
COVID-19 Health Mandate 003: Statewide Closure of Restaurants and Bars

​Issued March 17, 2020

By: Governor Mike Dunleavy

Commissioner Adam Crum, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services

Dr. Anne Zink, Chief Medical Officer, State of Alaska

To prevent or slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the State of Alaska is issuing 
its third health mandate.

The Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration signed by Governor Mike Dunleavy on March 11, 
2020 provides for health mandates to be issued when deemed necessary by the Alaska Department of 
Health and Social Services, the Alaska Chief Medical Officer, the Alaska Division of Public Health, and 
the Office of the Governor. 

Mandate 3.1 
By order of the Governor, beginning March 18 at 5 p.m., and continuing until April 1 at 5 p.m., the following mandates are in effect: 
With the goal of minimizing in-person interaction in enclosed spaces, effective March 18 at 5 p.m. all bars, breweries, restaurants, food and beverage kiosks or trucks, and other establishments serving food or beverages within th State of Alaska shall be closed to the public dine-in service. All buffets and salad bars are closed to self-service. A copy of this order, or a sign communicating the closure information, shall be prominently posted by the person having control of the establishment.
Places of public accommodation are encouraged to offer food and beverage using delivery service, window service, walk-up service, drive-through service, or drive-up service, and to use precautions in doing so to mitigate the potential transmission of COVID-19, including social distancing. 

In offering food or beverage, a place of public accommodation subject to this section may permit up to five members of the public at one time in the place of public accommodation for the purpose of picking up their food or beverage orders, so long as those individuals are at least 6 feet apart from one another while on premises. 

All entertainment facilities shall be closed to the public, including theaters, gyms and fitness centers, bowling alleys and bingo halls. 

The restrictions do not apply to any of the following: 

  • Places of public accommodation that offer food and beverage not for on premises consumption, including grocery stores, markets, convenience stores, pharmacies, drug stores, and food pantries, with the exception of their self-service buffets and salad bars.
  • Health care facilities, pharmacies, child care facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities, and juvenile justice facilities.
  • Crisis shelters, soup kitchens, or similar institutions.
  • Employee cafeterias within a business, with the exception of their self-service buffets and salad bars.
  • Restaurants and food courts inside the secured zones of airports.
These measures are being implemented to protect all Alaskans and we appreciate the public and business community's understanding of these mandates in an effort to mitigate the impacts of this virus. 

For the latest information on COVID-19 visit:
coronavirus.alaska.gov State of Alaska COVID-19 Mandate 003 

Updated: Mar-18 1:13PM
COVID-19 Health Mandate 002: Closures for Libraries, Archives, Museums and Residential Schools

​March 16, 2020 (Anchorage, AK) – Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy, with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) today issued the State of Alaska’s COVID-19 Health Mandate 002 to prevent and slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The mandate closes state-operated libraries, archives, and museums to the public from March 17, 2020, through March 31, 2020. All public programs and events scheduled to be held within and around these facilities are suspended at this time. Staff will continue to serve the public through telephone, web, and other modes that preserve the highest degree of social distancing.

Additionally, residential school programs shall begin the process of sending students to their families and home communities. This process should be completed by March 27th.

A signed copy of the COVID-19 Health Mandate 002 can be found here.

​For the latest information on Alaska’s response to COVID-19, please visit http://coronavirus.alaska.gov.

Updated: Mar-18 1:03PM
FNSB's COVID-19 Info

​March 16th, 2020 at 8:00 PM:

Fairbanks Memorial Hospital has established a COVID-19 HOTLINE for those who are experiencing Coronavirus symptoms:


Medical staff will be available to answer questions and the service will be expanded to manage call volume tomorrow.

If you or a family member have flu like symptoms such as fever, shortness of breath or a cough, or if you believe you've been exposed to the Corona Virus, stay home and CALL your medical provider.

For current links and information, visit here.

REMEMBER...If you have symptoms, you must call your medical provider to determine the most appropriate care.

Refrain from visiting the emergency room or urgent care to limit your exposure to others. 

For non-clinical questions, call 211.

Visit Providence Alaska's online/interactive Corona Virus Assessment too here: https://www.providence.org/patients-and-visitors/coronavirus-advisory​.

If you need immediate care call 9-1-1.​​​


Updated: Mar-16 9:04PM
COVID-19 Health Mandate 001: Suspending Visitation to State Institutions

​​​March 13, 2020 (Anchorage, AK) – Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy, with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) today issued the State of Alaska's first COVID-19 Health Mandate following a series of Health Alerts distributed this week.

​The mandate suspends and limits general public visitation to the following state institutions until otherwise rescinded by DHSS and the Office of the Governor:

Suspended Visitation:

  • Department of Corrections (DOC) Facilities
  • Division of Juvenile Justice Facilities
  • Alaska Military Youth Academy
  • Alaska Psychiatric Institute

Limited Visitation

  • Alaska Pioneer Homes

Additionally, public school days between March 16, 2020 and March 30, 2020 will be non-student contact days in which students will not be attending school and all after school activities will be suspended.

A signed copy of the mandate can be found here.

For the latest information on Alaska's response to COVID-19, please visit http://coronavirus.alaska.gov.


 Media Contact: Jeff Turner, jeff.turner@alaska.gov  (907) 310-4961​​​

Updated: Mar-18 12:48PM
Important PRESS RELEASE from City of Fairbanks - City Employee Being Tested for COVID-19

​FNSB is sharing this IMPORTANT PRESS RELEASE from the City of Fairbanks

March 13, 2020

Re: COVID-19 - City Employee Being Tested

Media Contact: Teal Soden, Communications Director, tsoden@fairbanks.us

This afternoon, a City of Fairbanks Fire Department employee who recently traveled out of state became sick at work. This employee was displaying some of the symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19 and has recently returned from an area that has been hit hard with the virus. The employee is being tested for COVID-19 and we will know the results tomorrow. In an abundance of caution, the entire shift has been sent home to be quarantined until the results are known, the department will be undergoing extra cleaning, and mutual aid departments will be covering our fire/EMS calls until we get other FFD personnel in to cover the shift. Fairbanks Memorial Hospital is working with us to expedite the testing process.

 While we hope that our employee will test negative for the virus, we are attempting to be extra careful in this situation as FFD first responders regularly come in contact with those most vulnerable in our community.

Effective immediately, City of Fairbanks employees returning from out-of-state will be asked to remain in quarantine for fourteen days after their return.

We would like to urge the public to utilize the City of Fairbanks website (www.fairbanksalaska.us) or call for assistance by phone as much as possible to reduce the need to come into City buildings, including City Hall and the Fairbanks Police Department.

Thank you to all of our Fairbanks area mutual aid agencies and FMH for your assistance, and thank you to our dedicated employees that will be covering shifts for their co-workers.  

Updated: Mar-13 4:14PM

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Weather Ready

 FNSB Emergency Management has been accepted as a NOAA Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador. The Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador initiative is an effort to formally recognize NOAA partners who are improving the nation's readiness against extreme weather, water, and climate events.

NOAA Weather-Ready Nation Website HERE.

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How Does Smart911 Work?

Smart911 allows citizens to provide the additional details that 9-1-1 call takers may need in order to assist them during an emergency. When you dial 9-1-1 today the information received by the 9-1-1 call center can be limited based on the type of phone you are calling on. With Smart911, anytime you make an emergency call from a phone registered with your Safety Profile, the 9-1-1 systems recognizes your phone number and automatically displays your profile on the screen of the call taker who receives your call.