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Infectious Disease

Keep your social circle small

With widespread community transmission occurring throughout most of the state, Alaskans should limit in-person contact and keep social circles as small as possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Families and households

The current advice is to keep your close social contacts extremely limited, to your own family or household.

If you do need additional support, create an agreement with another trusted household, but keep your bubble small and consistent. Outside your bubble, continue to stay 6 feet away from others and wear a mask.

This worksheet can help make sure your actions are keeping you and your household safe.

Consider your risks

Some people may need to keep their social bubbles very small. Individuals at high risk for serious illness or whose work brings them in contact with high risk individuals may not want to expand their social bubbles at all to minimize exposure to others.

If Alaskans choose to expand their social bubble, they will need to first consider their risk for serious illness from COVID-19. Those most at risk, such as those 65 or older or people with an ongoing health condition, will need to be the most restrictive, keeping their bubbles as tight as possible to prevent spreading infection into the group.

Keep track of your contacts

You can help prevent COVID from spreading by keeping track of your close interactions with others in case you get sick and others need to be notified. If you test positive, please inform your close contacts of their possible exposure as soon as possible. Don’t wait for a contact tracer.

A contact tracer will likely also call if you test positive but it may take several days. This Oct. 15, 2020 DHSS blog article, Alaskans Can Slow the Spread of COVID-19: Answer the Call and Keep Social Circles Small, explains how contact tracing works, what to expect and why it’s important to answer the call if they contact you.

Being outside together

Spending time with anyone outside of your immediate household poses risk when community transmission is high. If you do choose to spend time with someone outside of your household, visit outside if possible, mask up and stay six feet apart.

If you choose to exercise with others, stay distanced while being active.

Gatherings: Know the risks

The more people an individual interacts with at a gathering and the longer that interaction lasts, the higher the potential risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 and COVID-19 spreading.

  • The higher the level of community transmission in the area that the gathering is being held, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spreading during a gathering.
  • Many communities currently have gathering restrictions in place. Please follow local health guidance.
  • Know your risks:
    • Lowest risk: Virtual-only activities, events, and gatherings.
    • Moderate risk: Smaller outdoor and in-person gatherings in which individuals from different households remain spaced at least 6 feet apart, wear masks, and do not share food or drinks.
    • Higher risk: Medium-sized in-person gatherings that are adapted to allow individuals to remain spaced at least 6 feet apart
    • Highest risk: In-person gatherings where it is difficult for individuals to remain spaced at least 6 feet apart, poor ventilation, and there is mixing from different households.

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