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Rumors are bound to start and spread thanks to the anxiety created by the spread of COVID-19. This is not a time for panic, but for prudent, pro-active action to ensure that facts about the symptoms are well known so that we all can take personal responsibility for our health and the safety of our communities.
Please share facts, not rumors.
I want to address one such rumor now with the facts as we understand them today, 3/19 at 2 pm.
While traveling in the Lower 48, a KPC employee’s family member came in contact with a person who exhibited some COVID-19 symptoms. The person exhibiting symptoms tested positive on March 17 for COVID-19. The medical provider of the person who tested positive has recommended those who came in contact with the person to self-quarantine if they show symptoms, and to continue to self-quarantine for 72 hours after the symptoms are no longer present.
The KPC employee’s family member does in fact have symptoms so has self-isolated at home and will be tested today. In an abundance of caution, the KPC employee is also self-quarantining for 72 hours while monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms. As additional facts become available, I will communicate them to the community.
Gary J. Turner
Kenai Peninsula College