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
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:
- January 20, 2021: Executive Order: Requiring masks/distancing on all federal property and by federal workers
- January 21, 2021: Executive Order: Requiring face masks at airports, other modes of transportation
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:
- December 7, 2020 CY20-24 Recommendations for Travel into Gustavus
- July 13, 2020 CY20-22 The Wearing of Cloth Face Masks or Face Shield (revised 09/21/20)
- June 8, 2020 CY20-16 Regarding Access to Marine Facilities
- March 24, 2020 CY20-11 Declaring a Local Emergency COVID-19
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
Alaska's out-of-state travel update
The new guidelines for out-of-state arrivals are below:
Governor announces all nonresidents will have to arrive in Alaska with negative COVID-19 tests
If you are a not a resident of Alaska, you must arrive with proof of a negative molecular based COVID-19 test, or proof of a pending result of that test. The test must have been taken within 72 hours of departure to Alaska. Travelers awaiting results must self-quarantine at their own expense until they receive negative results.
Please direct your clients to go to the Alaska Travel Portal at www.alaska.covidsecureapp.com to fill out their Travel Declaration Form and attach their COVID test information prior to travel.
We appreciate your assistance in helping keep everyone safe and healthy during these unprecedented times.
- Tested within 72 hours to five days prior to departure:
- May enter Alaska upon showing negative PCR test result for COVID-19
- May not enter Alaska if they tested positive
- Tested on arrival:Upon arrival in Alaska may be tested for COVID-19 and register with the testing site
- Must maintain quarantine at their own expense until test results are known
- If positive for COVID-19, must isolate for duration of illness at their own expense
- Critical infrastructure workforce:
- Must abide by their company’s community protective plan on file with the state
- None of the above (no prior test result, decline testing, and not a critical infrastructure worker)
- Must undergo 14-day quarantine at their own expense
Travelers will be asked to minimize in-person interactions for an additional 7-14 days after arrival and will be offered a follow-up test. Travelers must complete and sign the Alaska Travel Declaration form and present a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival.
Travelers are strongly encouraged to wear masks, practice social distancing and good hygiene, be respectful of the health of Alaskans, and to stay home if they are sick or at risk for COVID-19.
International Travel update from the CDC
International Travel Update from the CDC
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.