Critical Information

Wednesday, May 13, 2020


The City of Valdez has rolled out the second phase of their economic recovery plan for the city.  It was established by the Valdez City Council due to the COVID-19 pandemic to provide a one‐time economic relief payment to qualifying Valdez households.   The stimulus is intended to be a two pronged approach: one being aid for those who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and a local stimulus for those who do not need the funds for essentials. As such, those who need the financial relief due to lost wages should apply and those who want to spend the money locally (encouraged, but not enforced) should also apply.  That means *everybody* should apply.  Be sure to read information available at  http://www.valdezak.gov/economicrelief


The deadline to apply is May 22, and checks are estimated to be cut May 29, so don't delay.  Applications are available at the CTI office; just give us a call to let us know and we'll bring it out to you.  You can also download the application here, or at the city's website here.  Return your application to the drop box in the lobby at city hall or mail in to PO Box 307.  Any questions, refer to the link above at the city's website.


We're in the office are taking care of clients' applications.  Please spread the word to friends and family!


Tuesday, 7 April 2020


The following is a new resource from the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services for credible information.  It is updated daily.

 https://coronavirus-response-alaska-dhss.hub.arcgis.com/ 


The following is a repeat of information from the March 26th post of credible information sources:



Please refer to these sources, NOT the Facebook Valdez Online Bulletin Board, for information.  


Thursday, 2 April 2020


Please see the Families First Coronavirus Response Act info sheet on our Resources page.  For more information, the following is available:

  

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Paid Leave Rights

https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employee-paid-leave


Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers

https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions


COVID-19 and the Family and Medical Leave Act Questions and Answers

https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/fmla/pandemic



Friday, 27 March 2020


From Connecting Ties Office:


The office door is locked, and we have minimal staff.  If you need anything please call first before coming to the office.  Please be diligent with paperwork to minimize mistakes requiring fix-it book visits.  MARs are available for pick-up.  Please call ahead to let us know when you'll be stopping by, we'll bring the paperwork to your vehicle.  Share this page with other caregivers.  We're sending out texts, and calling people, but evidently we're just not getting through to everyone.  Just tell them  ConnectingTies.org and click More!  Thank you for all the care you give.  Be sure to see more info at ConnectingTies.org/Resources


From the Valdez Unified Command March 26, 2020, meeting:


  From Dr. Shirk, Valdez Medical Clinic:  Be sure to self-isolate after travel.  Ensure good hydration (drink *water*), eat quality food, get adequate sleep, get sunshine and outdoor exercise, keep at least 6 feet between yourself and other people.  Avoid drinking alcohol as it lowers your immune system and negatively affects sleep.  Do not binge drink!  Try other non alcohol or other chemical means to relax - take a walk, exercise, pray/meditate.  Regarding testing in Valdez:  There is an adequate supply, still there is strict criteria for testing.  If you have questions (non-personal medical) email  PIO@valdezak.gov.


  Grocery store update:  The store is short-staffed.  Disinfecting is ongoing during all store hours.  Please honor all posted notes about quantities of supplies.  Expect to see plexiglass splash shields for the cashiers to help them stay healthy while they're interacting with the public.  The store is offering shopping and delivery service for free, but only to quarantined individuals.



Thursday, 26 March 2020


Letter to our Employees re: Coronavirus


There are continuous updates on the coronavirus and its spread worldwide and across the US.  The first thing to note is please do not panic and over-react to the situation.  Continue to use your infection control procedures in the client's home. In addition, the CDC & state of Alaska’s chief medical officer are recommending the following:

1) Frequent hand washing with soap and water. 

2) Don’t touch your face (eyes, nose, mouth) with your hands.  If you do, wash your hands & face immediately.

3) Stay home from work, school, and other activities if you are ill (especially if you are coughing, have a fever or have family members who are ill)

4) Disinfect any equipment that you are using, and clean all “high touch” surfaces in your home and the client’s home daily (counters, tabletops, phones, toilets, etc.)

5) Catch your cough or sneeze in the crook of your elbow, clothing or tissue. Immediately throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.

6) Avoid touching “high touch” public surfaces, such as, elevator buttons, door handles, and handrails. Use a tissue or the sleeve of your clothing.  If not available, wash immediately or use hand sanitizer.

7) Avoid shaking hands with others during this time.

8) In public places, stay at least 6 feet from others, if possible.


At this time, the state of Alaska has 59 confirmed cases of coronavirus, none of which are in Valdez.  Some information about COVID-19: Only those persons actively ill can spread the disease. The length of illness is on a case-by-case basis, dependent on the severity of the signs and symptoms (fever, difficulty breathing and cough) and the medical history/age of the person infected. It is important to note that most cases are mild to moderate.  This is an airborne disease, so it is spread by coughing and sneezing, but the virus can land and live on many different surfaces.   The CDC is recommending that older adults (esp. those over 80yo) and/or those persons with underlying health issues (diabetes, lung diseases, or heart diseases) avoid non-essential travel, as well as cruises or extended plane trips.  Please take the steps necessary to protect yourself, your family, and our clients. And contact the office if you have any questions, concerns or need to call in sick.  Administrative staff is in the process of putting together a mandatory training and general information.  

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In light of the Emergency Proclamation to Shelter in Place declared by the Valdez City Council last night, Connecting Ties is making the following changes, effective immediately:


  • After consulting with Dr. Todd, Robin determined there will be two caregivers per client; for certain clients there will be exceptions.  You will be notified if your client is an exception.  This two caregiver rule is to protect both the caregivers and the clients.  Caregivers will need proper rest between shifts.  Clients need as little contact with multiple people as possible.  Caregivers are expected to honor the Shelter in Place proclamation when off duty:  Be home other than minimum necessary errands in the community.  When you are out, diligently exercise the 6-foot rule when you're around other people.
  • Office staff will be contacting all caregivers daily for screening.  We are looking for symptoms which include runny nose, sore throat, cough, and fever.  Please contact the office if you begin to exhibit these symptoms at any time.
  • Clients are to only go outside for a walk for fresh air and sunshine away from others.  Otherwise they are to remain in their homes.  DO NOT take any client to the grocery store or anywhere else where other people are numerous.  We're working on having one administrative staff do shopping for all the clients.  If your client has immediate needs, call the office.
  • The front door at the office will be locked, and minimal office staff will be on hand; many are working at home.  If you need anything at the office call first to let us know.
  • April MARs will be available for pickup tomorrow, Friday, 27 March 2020, 9am - 11am.  Please call ahead to let us know you're on your way.  Stay parked outside the office, and Naomi will bring the paperwork to your vehicle.
  • Please avoid any unnecessary travel at this time.  Due to statewide and local mandates, you will have to self-isolate in your destination for 14 days and again in Valdez for another 14 days upon your return.  We need all of you, and we need you all healthy!
  • For mental and emotional health, spend more time off of social media, or any media, than on it.  It's understood that you need access to information, but try to avoid getting caught up in the never ending feeds of fear mongering and gossip.


Please read and follow the precautions sheet.  Also, keep up to date with credible information available from the following sources:

If you need to contact administrative staff, call the office first.  After that follow the "chain of command" letter passed out by Rhonda a while back.  I (Naomi) am working from home, honoring the emergency proclamation.   You can contact me after you try calling the office.  Texting is preferred.


  1. Finally, please check back often to this page for Connecting Ties' specific information and directives.  Now go outside - it's beautiful!  Thank you all for what you do. We truly appreciate it.