April 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 COVID-19 Health Mandate 014 on Non-Congregate Sheltering.
The State of Alaska is developing solutions to protect the most vulnerable populations from the effects of COVID-19. These population groups include first responders and healthcare workers who need to quarantine safely without exposing their families, homeless families in congregate shelters, with at least one member who tested positive for COVID and will require isolation, and homeless individuals who require quarantine or isolation. The most viable solution to protect these groups is Non-Congregate Sheltering (NCS).
In accordance with the Stafford Act, eligible emergency protective measures taken to respond to the COVID-19 emergency at the direction of state public health officials may be reimbursed, including costs for NCS for both state and local jurisdictions to protect vulnerable populations. If the need for NCS arises, the signing of COVID-19 Health Mandate 014 will allow the State of Alaska to accept FEMA assistance. FEMA assistance will be provided at the 75 percent Federal cost share.
The Governor’s COVID-19 Health Mandates can be found here.
For the latest information on Alaska’s response to COVID-19, please visit http://coronavirus.alaska.gov.
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