COVID update 9: Coast Guard Auxiliary stands down; a pause on elective surgery

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TRUMP: STUDENTS SHOULD STAY HOME, ALL SHOULD AVOID DISCRETIONARY TRAVEL

The U.S. Coast Guard’s Seventeenth District has asked its auxiliary to suspend activity in preparation for the anticipated spread of the COVID-19 virus.

“As of Sunday, all person-to-person and public facing interactions are suspended, according to the memo from M.H. Roper, lieutenant commander. “You may continue to work on the computer, train at home, make phone calls and teleconferences, etc., but nothing outside the home at this time. Official travel is suspended. Personal travel by Auxiliary members is still permitted, but ‘highly discouraged’. Any members returning from leisure travel outside the state of Alaska are prohibited from participating in CG/AUX activities or visiting CG/AUX units until 14 days have lapsed from the return date, and they are experiencing no symptoms.
As soon as this restriction is lifted we will notify all members. “

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is a uniformed volunteer arm of the Coast Guard. It was established in 1939 by an Act of Congress as the US Coast Guard Reserves and re-designated the Auxiliary in 1941.

POSTPONE ELECTIVE PROCEDURES, DR. ZINK SAYS

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services issued a health alert today strongly advising that all patients, providers, hospitals and surgical centers minimize, postpone, or cancel all non-urgent or elective procedures for three months to decrease the overall impact on the Alaska health care structure. 

“Given Alaska’s distances and limited health care capacity, it is especially important to open acute health care beds for anticipated COVID-19 care. The State of Alaska believes that by delaying non emergent procedures, individuals will receive optimal care,” said Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska’s chief medical officer.

FEDERAL GUIDELINES: GROUPS OF 10

President Donald Trump today asked the public to not gather in groups larger than 10. He said tightened guidelines include asking students to stay at home, and all Americans avoid discretionary travel. He recommended closure of restaurants and bars.

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  1. “As of Sunday, all person-to-person and public facing interactions are suspended…”
    When I read that sentence, it reminded me of the Census about to go door to door throughout Alaska.
    I wonder if the evolving pandemic will effect participation this Spring?

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