South Peninsula Hospital is working closely with the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and numerous state and local agencies in our response to the rapidly-emerging outbreak of COVID-19.

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, you are encouraged to maintain a physical distance from others of at least 6 feet, practice frequent hand washing, clean regularly used surfaces, wear cloth face coverings while in public, stay home when sick, and get tested if you have been exposed or have symptoms.

Covid-19 Vaccines

February 25 Update

The February 26 mass vaccination clinic is full, and the wait list is full.

Over 700 appointments for Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine will become available on Monday, March 1 at 12pm noon for the following dates and locations:

  • 500+ appointments at a mass vaccination clinic on Friday, March 12 at Homer High School
  • 200+ appointments at the SPH Covid Vaccine and Test Center on Bartlett Street March 9th, 10th,11th, 16th and 17th.

Appointments can be made online here, or by calling the City Vaccine Call Line at 435-3188. Both will go live at 12pm Monday, March 1st.

Who is eligible?

  • Newly added:
    • People who stay home to provide healthcare for a medically fragile person. Eligible individuals provide daily support related to an individual’s activities of daily living (i.e., bathing, dressing, eating) and instrumental activities of daily living (i.e., shopping, laundry, light housework).
    • People who assist someone 65 years of age or older in getting a vaccination. Both the senior and the person providing assistance will need to schedule an appointment at the same location and time. The person assisting does not need to meet other eligibility requirements to receive the vaccine.
  • Phase 1b, Tier 2 – This group includes:
  • Persons aged 65 years and older (Phase 1b)
  • All of Phase 1a*

If you already got your first dose at the Feb 5 / 6 event, you already have your 2nd dose appointment for March 5. If you have questions about your appointment on March 5, click here or call 235-0235.

Vaccines are not available at Homer Medical Center or South Peninsula Family Care Clinic at this time.

Check back here for regular updates.

See the map of vaccine locations statewide

Free COVID-19 testing is offered!

Got Symptoms?  Get Tested! If you are having any of these COVID-19 symptoms, please get tested — Cough, Fatigue, Fever, Chills, Difficulty breathing, Headache, Muscle or joint aches, Nausea, Rash, Diarrhea, Decreased sense of smell or taste, Runny nose, Sore throat, Increased phlegm production or the sudden onset of any new, unexplained symptom.

Who qualifies for testing?

  • Anyone with any COVID-like symptom, or sudden onset of an unexplained symptom
  • Travel out of state (residents and non-residents) per  state mandate
  • Residents with tickets for travel to areas requiring testing to arrive
  • Anyone with known close contact to a confirmed positive, between 6-14 days after exposure. Close contact is within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or longer during the persons infectious period
  • Anyone with a provider’s referral
  • Anyone as required for pre-procedure screening
  • Critical Infrastructure and essential services (based on employer requirement)
  • Additional groups based on state mandates and current criteria

Bring your photo I.D. (or something with name/DOB), and an insurance card if you have one.

Where and when can I test?

  • SPH Covid Testing: Free testing is offered at the lower level of SPH Specialty Clinic at 4201 Bartlett Street; use the Danview Avenue Access; open 7 days a week, 9am-6pm. Please call first to pre-register 235-0235 or to find out if you qualify or want to speak to the COVID nurse. No appointment is necessary. This is an outdoor setting, you park and walk up to the window to test. Those needing assistance can call the number posted at the parking lot.

Most of our tests get processed at the state lab in Anchorage and take 4-5 days for processing.

How do I get my results? You will receive those on the patient portal, accessed through the email address you give at time of testing. If it’s been five days and you’ve not yet received results, or need help with your portal, call the hotline M-F at 235-0881. More info on patient portal.

Free Symptom Checker

♦ I got tested, now what?

♦ What should I do if I’m sick?

♦ What if I’m a close contact to a confirmed positive?

South Peninsula Hospital is taking extreme measures to protect the health and wellbeing of our patients and staff during this pandemic, and to expand our capacity to care for those in need. We know routine healthcare must be safely available, so that’s why we’ve instituted the highest level of safety precautions for patients, visitors and staff. Read about them here.

Visitation Level – Minor
Entrance to our facilities is limited to only those with appointments for medical care or persons seeking care, and approved visitors. Based on the level of community spread of Covid-19 , South Peninsula Hospital’s visitation level is currently at: Minor Risk.  This level means each patient admitted to the hospital will be allowed two designated visitors per stay. Inpatient visitation hours are daily from 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Radiology, Surgery and Emergency Department patients are permitted only one visitor per visit. PT/Rehab patients can have one essential visitor if approved by PT staff. This precaution is to help safeguard the health and wellbeing of our staff, patients, and visitors so that we can continue to serve our community and provide you with the best care. All patients and visitors will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and possible exposure, will need to wear a procedure mask, and will be restricted to certain areas within the facilities. Procedure masks are available at all entrances free of charge. Exceptions: Visitation for a patient with COVID-19 or under investigation for COVID-19 is permitted only one visitor. No visitors are allowed in Long Term Care

See our Frequently Asked Questions for complete information on how we are preparing for and responding to COVID-19, and how this might affect you or your loved ones.

Contact Derotha Ferraro, Public Information Officer at or (907) 235-0397 for media inquiries.

Phone Numbers:  
South Peninsula Hospital 235-8101
SPH COVID Desk 235-0235
Homer Medical Center 235-8586
HMC West Wing Clinic 435-3040
Behavioral Health 235-7202
SPH Specialty Clinic 235-0310
Family Care-Carol Klamser 235-0900
SPH Rehabilitation Dept 235-0370

Homer Public Health Office  235-8857

COVID-19 Case Counts
Last updated Feb 26

Area Confirmed
Statewide 55,989
Kenai Peninsula 3,804
SPH Service Area 655
Anchor Point 62
Fritz Creek 19
Homer 462
Other South 112
New case activity in SPH service area from
02/15 to 02/22: 2

Based on data provided daily by Alaska DHSS
Alaska case count website
Kenai Peninsula case map website

COVID-19 tests submitted by SPH*
Last updated Feb 24

Total Negative Positive Pending
18,639 17,947 492 200

*Please note, this is the total test swabs collected and processed by SPH, and may reflect more than one test swab from the same individual tested more than one time

Where to find accurate information on COVID-19 in Alaska, the U.S., and the world: