Update: City raises virus alert level following outbreak

The Cordova Center. (June 17, 2020) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Updated 6:30 p.m.

The city of Cordova raised its public health alert level from Level 2 to Level 3 Monday, July 12. The decision was made following a local outbreak of the novel coronavirus first reported July 3.

Under a Level 3 alert, the city requests heightened caution, and may ask for voluntary measures to limit virus transmission. In a Friday, July 9 release, the city asked residents to consider wearing masks when in public spaces around others.

The city had previously reduced its public health alert level from Level 3 to Level 2 on April 14, 2021.

Of the 161 cases so far reported in Cordova, 28 are believed to be currently active, according to data published by the city. Of those 161 cases, 140 were Cordova residents and 21 were non-residents. A cumulative total of four people who tested positive for the virus have been hospitalized, according to data published by Ilanka Community Health Center. As of July 12, 1,412 people have been fully vaccinated in Cordova.

Coronavirus vaccinations are being offered at CCMC and ICHC. The vaccine manufactured by Johnson & Johnson will be available at CCMC beginning July 12 and continuing throughout the week, according to a release by the city. Appointments to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine can be scheduled by calling 907-424-8000. The vaccine manufactured by Pfizer will be available at CCMC and ICHC beginning Wednesday, July 14. Appointments to receive the Pfizer vaccine can be scheduled by calling 907-424-3045. The vaccine manufactured by Moderna will be available later in the week. Appointments to receive the Moderna vaccine can be scheduled by calling 907-424-3045.