Gustavus COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Welcome Information for Gustavus Visitors

Gustavus is open for business! We have an amazing community that is adapting to the current COVID-19 pandemic. While some things may look different, the Gustavus community wants to help visitors with information for an enjoyable and safe visit. Together we can slow the spread of Covid-19 and keep our community safe.

Gustavus business owners are working hard to provide goods and services needed during this difficult time. You may notice that businesses across Gustavus have different protocols, carry a face covering with you to be prepared depending on the situation.

Beginning Sunday, February 14, 2021, travelers arriving to Alaska from another state or country should follow new protocols. Read the new guidelines at the Traveler Information Page.

Please click on the drop-down menus below for city and state mandates for traveling to Gustavus. 

We appreciate your understanding, and we look forward to your visit!

The Gustavus Visitors Association

Gustavus Information

News Updates

 

Please Note: There are no known cases of COVID-19 currently in Gustavus

Updated January 2021

 

Traveling to Gustavus

 

Current COVID-19 Federal Executive Orders:

Current COVID-19 Alaska Heath Orders & Health Alerts:

  • Alaska Department of Health and Social Services COVID-19 Dashboard
  • Alaska COVID-19 Outbreak Health  Orders: (revised & re-issued every month)
    • November 16, 2020 Health Order 8: Intrastate Travel
    • November 16, 2020 Health Order 6: Interstate and International Travel
    • November 16, 2020 Health Order 5: Critical Infrastructure
    • November 16, 2020 Health Order 4: Non-congregate Sheltering Order
  • Alaska COVID-19 Health  Alerts:
    • April 3, 2020 Health Alert 10: Recommendations Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Masks
    • March 13, 2020 Health Alert 04: Recommendations for Keeping Communities Safe

Current COVID-19 City of Gustavus Resolutions:

 

Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS)  information click here: dot.alaska.govamhs/covid19.shtml?_ga=2.99980375.813382254.1593016075-213332110.1585341008
 
Private air carriers:  Ward Air www.wardair.com and Alaska Seaplanes are asking that people who have not been in state for more than 14 days symptom-free, to please wear a mask in facilities and on aircraft. 

Alaska Travel FAQ click here: Alaska Travel FAQ Link

Alaska health / Gov Covid mandates click here:  Additional reference information

Traveling between Alaskan Communities

Point of Entry Testing

The Point of Entry (POE) testing site at the Fire Department is open for all resident intrastate/interstate travelers and for follow up voucher testing now until June 30, 2021.

Hours of operation are currently based around the scheduled Alaska Seaplanes flight, and testing will be taking place at the Fire Department.

There will be a POE Greeter at the airport before the plane arrives and at the arrival of each ferry to answer questions.

All travelers are welcome to test during the scheduled hours of:

Monday – Saturday from 10:30am – 12:00 & 3:00pm – 4:00pm. If you miss us, just quarantine and return to the next scheduled time.

 

We strongly encourage you to take advantage of the POE Testing when arriving back into Gustavus and quarantine or minimize your interactions until you get your results back. Then 7 days later, it is a good idea to redeem your follow up travel voucher for anther free test.

To get tested by the POE team, stop by the Fire Department on arrival into Gustavus or departing to a smaller community. There are a few things required by the State of Alaska and SEARHC. Having the stuff below completed ahead of time speeds the process up.

 

  1. Anyone over the age of 11, must have or create an account on Alaska

Travel Portal.   www.alaska.covidsecureapp.com If you plan on Interstate traveling this winter, this portal is a requirement.

  1. Login into your account and file a new travel declaration form. You need to do this step every time you travel to receive a free test at any of the 10 Alaska airport testing locations.
  2. If you have access to a printer ahead of time, you can fill out the SEARHC Demographics and Consent Form. Please bring 2 copies. cms.gustavus-ak.gov
  3. After 7 days from the date you arrived, you can login to your Alaska Travel Portal Account and redeem your digital follow up voucher. Then return to the POE testing to get your voucher test within 7-10 days.

 

  1. If the POE testing is closed when you arrive into Gustavus, please minimize your interactions, and return to the Fire Department when it’s open next to receive your free POE COVID-19 test.
  2. If you are flying back and forth between Juneau to Gustavus often and want to be tested on each arrival. You need to file a new travel declaration form each time. This is a State requirement.
  3. The State POE testing is currently set up to test people on arrival in one of ten airports around the state. If you travel from that POE airport to a smaller community that is off the road system, Health Order 8 now requires you to have negative results before traveling.  The Alaska Marine Highway system is considered part of the road system. If you travel by ferry, skiff, plane, or any other mode of transportation to Hoonah, Elfin Cove, Pelican, Inian Island, Excursion Inlet, etc., please check to see if their City has any further requirements.

 

Testing and Clinic arrangements

Thank you for having been tested for COVID-19 before reaching Gustavus. If you feel ill, particularly with symptoms of COVID-19, do not hesitate to contact the Gustavus Clinic. If you are ill, please contact the clinic BEFORE coming to the clinic.

Current Practices of the Gustavus Clinic (SEARHC): Important operational changes regarding COVID-19 from the Gustavus Clinic.

In regards to testing, we currently have a rapid COVID-19 test machine. This can be used if an individual arrives to town and is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 and has recently traveled from out of state. We continue with PCR COVID-19 testing which has been ongoing since the onset of the virus.

If you arrive into the town of Gustavus, and start with symptoms of COVID-19 please contact the clinic for consideration of testing at; SEARHC Gustavus Clinic 42 Dolly Varden Drive Gustavus AK 99826, phone:907-697-3008 and fax:907-697-3034.

If you are in business and arriving into Gustavus to restart your business operations, and are considering testing your employees for COVID-19 please contact the clinic and we will discuss the process that this will entail.

We are seeing patients on a daily basis, before you come in to be seen we are screening every individual, and also advising anyone who does arrive for a visit that you will need to wear a mask during your visit at the clinic.

We are performing face-to-face visits, drive-through visits (visit in the parking lot), virtual visits through Doxy.me, home visits, as well as phone visits. In regards to specific requirements relating to COVID-19, and health mandates through the State of Alaska please visit the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services COVID-19 webpage dhss.alaska.gov for the latest CDC recommendations and Alaska health mandates and updates as they become available.

If you have specific questions related to the process that the SEARHC Gustavus Clinic is following as a healthcare organization please visit:covid19.searhc.org

Additional Resources

State of Alaska COVID website
covid19.alaska.gov

City of Gustavus COVID website
cms.gustavus-ak.gov

Glacier Bay National Park
www.nps.gov

Alaska Information

Alaska's out-of-state travel update

International Travel update from the CDC

 International Travel Update from the CDC

Effective January 26, 2021, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will require all air passengers arriving to the U.S. from a foreign country get tested for COVID-19 infection no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to provide proof of the negative result (or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19) to the airline before boarding the flight. The requirement has been placed on the airline to screen passengers prior to boarding to ensure that they meet this requirement.
 
Alaska still requires molecular-based tests for visitors and residents.
While an antigen test meets CDC requirements, Alaska requires a molecular based testand all travelers arriving from international or domestic destinations remain subject to State of Alaska testing requirements outlined in Health Order No. 6 (International and Interstate Travel), including the requirement to obtain a molecular-based test 72 hours before departure and upload negative result into the Alaska Travel Portal.
Per the CDC, visitors arriving to the U.S. via one or more connecting flights, must test in the 3 days before the first flight, but only if connecting flights are booked as a single passenger record with a final destination in the U.S. and each connection (layover) is no longer than 24 hours. If the connecting flight to the U.S. was booked separately or a connection lasts longer than 24 hours, international visitors must get tested within the 3 days before the flight that arrives in the U.S. See the CDC’s Frequently Asked Questionsfor more information. 

If You Think You Are Sick

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing. The SEARHC COVID Hotline is 907-966-8799 (8 A.M. – 5 P.M.). After hours, call the Nurse Advice Line at 1-800-613-0560.

As of Thursday, March 26, SEARHC will be updating screening criteria to include testing of all patients with a fever and cough, regardless of travel or exposure history. This reflects the realization that there is community-spread occurring in our state.

State Health Mandates

You can view all State Health Mandates at the Office of the Governor.