Library, museum, other facilities closed

The Cordova Historical Museum has been closed through March 30. (March 16, 2020) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Cordova Public Library, Cordova Historical Museum, the Bidarki Recreation Center and Bob Korn Memorial Pool will be closed until at least March 30, according to a March 17 release.

City hall will remain open, according to the release, which was jointly authorized by Cordova Community Medical Center, Ilanka Community Health Center, Cordova Prepared and the city of Cordova. However, residents are advised to contact staff by telephone and to use the building’s utility drop box when possible.

These closures correspond to a March 16-30 school closure ordered by Gov. Mike Dunleavy as part of a broad effort to impede transmission of the novel coronavirus.

Tests for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, have been performed in Cordova, according to a March 14 release from Cordova’s COVID-19 Response Group. However, no confirmed cases have been announced. The COVID-19 Response Group consists representatives from the Cordova Community Medical Center, llanka Clinic, City of Cordova, City of Cordova Emergency Management, local EMS and Public Health Nurse.

COVID-19 testing is available both at CCMC and Ilanka Community Health Center, but officials ask patients to call ahead before showing up.

City meetings

All face-to-face meetings at city hall that are not “absolutely necessary” are cancelled, according to the March 17 release. However, emergency management and public safety meetings, and meetings of Cordova City Council, have not been cancelled. All events scheduled at the North Star Theatre have been canceled by organizers, officials said.

Senior meals

CCMC’s Senior Lunch Program has also been suspended indefinitely, according to the March 17 release. However, CCMC is continuing to provide home-delivered lunches. Seniors normally participating in CCMC’s congregate lunch program will be able to receive a take-out meal on weekdays between noon-12:30 p.m. These meals will be delivered to seniors’ vehicles by staff, according to the release. Visits to long-term residents at CCMC will have to be made by phone, Internet or other remote means.

Other closures

  • Other facilities have been closed to public traffic. Cordova Telecom Cooperative is closed to foot traffic but is available by phone and appointment at 907-424-2345.
  • Offices of the Native Village of Eyak including its Tribal Court, Ilanka Cultural Center and The Cordova Times are closed to the public, but remain in business. Call (907) 424-7738 for more information.
  • The Copper River Watershed Project has indefinitely postponed its April 4 Wild Food Feast.

Supplies

Grocery supply chains have not been interrupted, and store shelves are expected to remain stocked for the foreseeable future, said City Manager Helen Howarth at a March 16 public meeting.

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