COVID-19 Information

7-day case counts on Southern Kenai Peninsula

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Anchor Point511
Fritz Creek1
Homer11261159
Other South321171

Data from Alaska Department of Health and Social Services: Table 2b Geographic Distribution of Cases by Report Date. Updates typically occur by 1pm on Wednesdays.

*PLEASE NOTE: There is currently a lag in State of Alaska reports of positive results tested at South Peninsula Hospital. Use chart at right for weekly SPH data.

Alaska case count website Kenai Peninsula case map website *
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SPH Week At a Glance

Week ending August 2
Prior Week
ED Visits for Covid19 21 16
New Hospitalizations 2 3
Test Samples Collected 292 321
Positives Resulted 63 51
Positivity Rate* 22% 16%
Outpatient Monoclonal Antibody Infusions 8 3

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Visitation Level – Relaxed

These precautions are to help safeguard the health of our staff, patients and visitors during this time, and will change based on the level of community spread of COVID-19.

VISITORS MUST:

  • Be masked.
  • Use screened entrances only
  • Pass screening questions

PLEASE:

  • Wash and sanitize hands often.
  • Remain in your intended location.
  • Follow all directions from staff.

Screened Hospital Entrances:

SPH Main Entrance
and Emergency entrance - open 24 hours

Lower-level West Entrance -
open 8 am – 6 pm, Monday - Friday


HOSPITAL & CLINICS:
Our goal is to welcome visitation in all areas and offer a safe and managed experience. We know one-size visitation does not fit all people, situations, spaces or needs. Therefore, visitor guidance is determined and managed by department, including limits, visiting hours, exceptions, etc. Please contact your destination in advance to learn the current visiting guidance.

 

LONG TERM CARE:
Long Term Care nursing home welcomes visitors by appointment and by resident approval. Call (907) 235-0233.

 

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IMPORTANT: The FDA has granted full approval of the Moderna (Spikevax) Covid-19 vaccine for those 18 and older, and has granted full approval of the Pfizer (Comirnaty) vaccine for those 16 and older.

Location:
Vaccines are offered Thursdays and Fridays from 9am-5pm at 4201 Bartlett Street, on the lower level of the SPH specialty clinic. 

Availability:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Moderna (Spikevax) and Novavax vaccines – available Thursdays and Fridays
  • Pediatric/adolescent Pfizer vaccine – available Thursdays and Fridays for ages five and older
  • Vaccines for children ages 6 months to four years are now available by Emergency Use Authorization and recommended by CDC, but are not offered at this location. Please contact your provider’s office to make an appointment.

NOTE: South Peninsula Hospital no longer offers Janssen vaccine. 

Appointments are required and offered 9am-5pm Thursdays and Fridays

Initial Vaccination Series Eligibility:
Everyone 5 years of age and older is now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccination. 

Pfizer-BioNTech is available for those five years of age and older, Moderna and Novavax vaccines are available to those 18 years of age and older. (Read more about Emergency Use Authorizations here.)

Booster Eligibility:

CDC recommends that children ages 5 through 11 years should receive a booster shot 5 months after their initial Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination series.

Pfizer (Comirnaty), Moderna (Spikevax) COVID-19 vaccine booster shots are recommended for: 

  • Anyone who is at least two months after their Janssen vaccine
  • Anyone 5 years of age and older who is 5 months or more after their initial series of the Pfizer vaccine
  • Anyone 18 years of age and older who is 5 months or more after their initial series of the Moderna vaccine
  • Mixing and matching COVID-19 vaccines is allowed for booster shots for people ages 18 years and older

Eligible individuals 18 years of age and older may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some may have a preference for the vaccine type they originally received, while others may prefer to get a different booster.

Second Booster Eligibility:

Second booster doses of mRNA vaccine are now available for individuals 4 months after their prior dose who are:

  • Adults ages 50 years and older; or
  • People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised; or
  • People who received Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine for their first shot and booster.

Read the updated CDC statement here, and speak to your healthcare provide regarding your personal healthcare needs in regards to getting a second booster. Second boosters are offered Thursdays and Fridays, and appointments are required. Scroll to appointment button below to make an appointment.

Pediatric Eligibility: 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with unanimous support from the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)recommends that children 6 months and older be vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna pediatric vaccine, made available by FDA Emergency Use Authorization. (Read more about Emergency Use Authorizations here.)

Pediatric Appointments
Infants and toddlers under 5 years of age are asked to make appointments at their primary care clinic.  Appointments are available for children ages 5-11 years old on Thursdays and Fridays at the Vaccine and Test Clinic at 4201 Bartlett Street. These appointments are for the first of a pediatric two dose series of Pfizer-BioNtech. A parent or guardian must be present at the appointment and sign the consent forms. The child should not come if they are experiencing any sudden or unexplained COVID-like symptoms, or if they have recently been exposed to someone with COVID-19. An appointment for the second dose of this two dose series will be made during the time of the first visit.

Pediatric Booster Eligibility
The CDC recommends everyone 5 years and older receive a COVID-19 booster after completing their primary COVID-19 vaccine series, if eligible. Use CDC’s COVID-19 booster tool to learn if and when your child or teen can get a booster to stay up do date with their COVID-19 vaccines.

If you prefer to schedule your child’s appointment through a provider at Homer Medical Clinic, please call 235-8586 to schedule. Please note we are not accepting walk-ins for those 11 and under at this time at the testing and vaccine site. 

Accessibility: Our vaccines are offered in a setting that accommodates 3-4 people at a time. If you require a more private setting, please contact HMC or your primary care provider for an appointment. 

For those who have mobility challenges: Once you have arrived at the testing site and have parked, please call the number on the sign board (235-0259) and let us know if you’d like a nurse to come to you. One of our capable staff members will come directly to your vehicle to vaccinate you. 

Definition of fully vaccinated/up to date on Covid-19 vaccination
In general, people are considered fully vaccinated when it has been: 

  • Two weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • Two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

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Testing is offered Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm at 4201 Bartlett Street, at the lower level of the SPH specialty clinic. 

Effective July 1 this site will be open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm (closed weekends). Insurance will be billed. If not using insurance, the cost of the test will be $50, either payable at time of service by credit card or opt to be billed.

Who is eligible for testing? 
Those who are symptomatic, traveling, have a planned procedure, or who have had an exposure are eligible for testing (see testing packet for time-frames of when to test based on your situation).   If you are not eligible for testing at this site, you may qualify for an at-home test kit.

Should I use an at-home test kit? If you do not qualify for testing at SPH test clinic, a home test kit might be good for your needs. A limited supply of free kits are available at the Bartlett Street location and at numerous Public Health offices, and are available for purchase at various retailers. Please note at-home test kits should be stored at room temperature and not be left in vehicles or outside.  

When should I test if I have had close contact to a confirmed case?
If you are unvaccinated or are more than six months out from your second mRNA dose (or
more than 2 months after the J&J vaccine) and not yet boosted:
Test on day five or immediately if you develop symptoms. Quarantine for five days following your last day of exposure to covid. Use strict masking for an additional five days after quarantining.

If you are vaccinated and boosted: Test on day five after last exposure or immediately if you
develop symptoms. You do not need to quarantine following an exposure, but
should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure.

Regardless of vaccination status: If you have been exposed, test immediately if exposure has been
ongoing, or on day 2-3 for one time exposure, and again at day five after last exposure to the
infectious person. If symptoms occur, test immediately and stay home until a negative test confirms
symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19.

What are the current turnaround times for results? It can take one to two days before your results are ready. Turnaround time varies based upon a variety of variables including current availability of testing supplies. Test results will be available on the hospital patient portal as soon as we have them..

How can I access my results? Visit the SPH patient portal to access your test results. If you have questions or need assistance, please call the patient portal helpline at 907-235-0881. This line is staffed Monday through Friday from 8AM-3PM. If forwarded to a voice message, clearly say your name, date of birth, email address, and a call back number. If you need assistance outside of those hours, please call the vaccine and testing site at 235-0259

Do I need an appointment? Appointments are not needed for testing. When you arrive to the testing and vaccine site, you will park in a designated spot and call the number posted (235-0259) to get registered. 

Will I be charged? Insurance will be billed; if you are not insured, the cost of the test is $50. You can pay at time of service with a credit card, or request to be billed. Please have photo ID and insurance card.

What can I expect when arriving for a test? Once you have arrived, call the number posted on the sign board (235-0259) and a staff member will get you registered. You will then be put into a que based on your arrival time, and be given an estimated wait time (if applicable). You will receive a phone call when it is your turn to test. You will be directed to walk to either window A or window B. At that time you will be given our Covid-19 Testing information packet which will direct you on next steps. 

Don’t have a cell phone or forgot it? No problem, park in a designated spot and walk to the window for assistance. 

What if I have mobility challenges? Once you have arrived at the testing site and have parked, please call the number on the sign board (235-0259) and let us know if you’d like a nurse to come to you. One of our capable staff members will come directly to your vehicle and either bring the testing supplies to you, or perform the test for you. 

When are you open?  Testing is available at the testing and vaccine site Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm at 4201 Bartlett Street, on the lower level of the SPH speciality clinic.

I am traveling to Hawaii. Will they accept a test from your facility?  Hawaii does not currently accept our tests, as we are not an approved testing partner. 

Tested positive? Have questions about quarantine, isolation,or antibody treatment ?  Check out our Covid-19 Testing Packet for information

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What is monoclonal antibody COVID-19 treatment?
Monoclonal antibodies are like your body’s own antibodies, as they help your immune system quickly destroy the COVID-19 virus before it harms you or causes hospitalization. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized monoclonal antibody treatment for emergency use for eligible patients. If you test positive for COVID-19, have symptoms, or are unvaccinated and have had a known exposure, talk to a healthcare provider right away. Monoclonal antibody treatment must be given as soon as possible within 10 days of getting symptoms. Treatment is given through a one-time IV infusion.

Who can receive monoclonal antibody treatment?
You may be eligible for monoclonal antibody treatment if you have mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 10 days, have tested positive for COVID-19, and have an underlying medical condition. You may also be eligible for treatment if you are unvaccinated and have had a known exposure to a positive case. If you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 but have tested positive for the virus and are considered high-risk, you may still eligible for treatment. Talk with a healthcare provider to see if monoclonal antibody treatment is right for you. A referral is needed to receive treatment.

You are not eligible for treatment if you: are hospitalized due to COVID-19, require oxygen therapy due to COVID-19, or require an increase in baseline oxygen flow rate due to COVID-19 for those on chronic oxygen therapy due to an underlying non-COVID-19 related health issue. More information here.

Are oral antivirals available?

Yes! The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized oral therapeutics to treat mild-to-moderate COVID-19 for those 12 and older who are at high-risk for progressing to severe COVID-19. Current therapeutics on the market include Paxlovid and Molnupiravir, both given within 5 days of symptom onset and for a duration of 5 days. For more information, click here. SPH is a test to treat site and currently has oral antivirals readily available. 

What if I don’t have a provider? 
If you do not have a local provider call:

  • Homer Medical Center (907) 235-8586
  • SVT Health and Wellness (907) 226-2228
  • Kachemak Medical Group (907) 235-7000
  • Ninilchik Clinic (907) 567-3970
  • SPH Family Care Clinic (907) 235-0900

Are there any exercises I can be doing at home? 
Yes! There are helpful breathing exercises that can help alleviate symptoms. Deep breathing can help open up your lung tissue and make you feel better as you recover from Covid-19. Lie or sit with your back straight, and put one hand on your chest and the other hand over your belly button. Breathe in slowly through your nose while pushing your belly button outward. Hold your breath for a few seconds, then slow exhale. Repeat for a full minute. 

Consider having someone get you a pulse oximeter at a local pharmacy to check your oxygen saturation level. If your oxygen reading is below 94% when you are resting, contact your primary care provider or go to the ER. 

How can I prevent reinfection?
Extensive research from many countries confirms that the best protection against a second bout of Covid-19 infection is to get vaccinated. You can be vaccinated as soon as you are out of isolation (usually 5 or more days). Call the SPH testing and vaccine site to make a vaccination appointment at 235-0235.

At what point should I seek immediate medical care? 
If you develop concerning symptoms including difficulty breathing, bluish, gray, or whitish lips or face,  pain or pressure in the chest, severe constant dizziness or lightheadedness, confusion, difficulty waking up, or slurred speech, seek medical care immediately. 

Information sourced from CDC and AK DHSS

Resourcesto top

The Conquer COVID Coalition is made up of Alaskan businesses, healthcare organizations, Alaska Native organizations, community leaders, and everyday Alaskans – working side-by-side to defeat the pandemic. Check out their website for great information including Covid-19 FAQ’s,  vaccine FAQ’s, personal stories, testing, info for businesses and more!
https://www.conquercovidak.com/

The state of Alaska Public Health website has great information regarding all things Covid, find the most up to date information here on travel requirements, current mandates, advisories, resources, and the latest data and trends for Alaska.
https://covid19.alaska.gov/

The City of Homer website has information on eligibility, FAQ’s, and local resources for vaccine information and vaccine locations.
https://www.cityofhomer-ak.gov/covid19

Impacted by Covid-19 and need assistance?
https://www.cityofhomer-ak.gov/covid-relief

Lost your vaccine card? Need a copy of your immunization records?  Fill out the request form below, requests are processed within 5-7 business days.
https://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/id/siteassets/pages/HumanCoV/Immunization_Request_Form.pdf

Looking for posters to hang at your business or workplace? Find colorful graphics as well as tools and guidance here:
https://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/epi/id/pages/COVID-19/business.aspx

Please find  information on monoclonal antibody treatment here: 
https://combatcovid.hhs.gov/

Questions about current isolation or quarantine guidelines? Find the most updated guidance here:  
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html

Are you on social media? Follow CDC’s Facebook page for up to date information complete with great infographics:
https://www.facebook.com/cdc

Check out our local support groups & resources guide.

Please find our Covid-19 Testing hand out here for information on testing, quarantine, isolation, contact tracing, and monoclonal antibody treatment.

Find information on current Covid-19 treatment options here