The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) symptoms include cough, fever, and shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Other symptoms are persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, and blush lips or face. If you are experiencing any kind of respiratory trouble, to help limit exposure, please call your health care provider before coming to Southcentral Foundation or the Alaska Native Medical Center hospital.

Calling ahead allows providers to conduct a phone screening that will help identify the level of risk associated to the symptoms. Providers will make a recommendation that best supports the health of every customer-owner while minimizing the potential of the transmission of illness. In the case of a medical emergency, do not hesitate to visit the emergency department at the Alaska Native Medical Center.

Once a screening is completed, the provider will decide whether testing is recommended. At this time, there is no treatment for COVID-19; the current approach for care is to treat the symptoms. Individuals who are mildly ill may be able to isolate and care for themselves at home.

SCF is testing for COVID-19 on a case-by-case basis in accordance to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations. Individuals who are at risk, such as those living with blood disorders, chronic kidney disease, chronic liver disease, diabetes, metabolic disorders, heart disease, and lung disease or who are currently or recently pregnant should seek prompt medical attention if experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19 or if the preexisting condition worsens.

If you go to your provider while you are sick, please ask for a face mask to wear during the appointment. Anyone who is placed under active monitoring who are self-monitoring should follow instructions provided by their local provider, health department, or occupational health professionals, as appropriate. 

ANMC provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient medical care to Alaska Native and American Indian people. The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and Southcentral Foundation jointly own and manage ANMC through a Joint Operating Board.

Due to the detection of the coronavirus in Alaska, Southcentral Foundation has suspended or limited many upcoming events and programs. Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for social distancing and to support the health and wellness of SCF employees and customer-owners, all learning circles have been suspended until further notice. While the recommendation for social distancing continues to be in effect, many non-critical services provided by SCF will be delivered over the phone when possible. Additionally, all vendor services have been suspended, as well as all nonessential travel to and from remote communities.

SCF has enacted the level three of its emergency management plan to address the needs surrounding COVID-19. This means a moderate amount of business and operational disruptions will occur. This will change how services are offered based on assessed risk. Call your provider before going in for appointments. Non-critical services that have been suspended or shifted to virtual or telephone support include but are not limited to, optometry, acupuncture, health education, physical therapy and exercise, home visitation services, nutaqsiivik, traditional healing, behavioral health services, and family wellness warriors initiative. All events, learning circles, and exercise classes have been canceled or limited until April 12, possibly longer.

Additionally, many services will halt the delivery of elective procedures, provide virtual or telephone support where possible, and will only provide in person services when necessary. Services within this category include but are not limited to dental, audiology, pharmacy, OB-GYN, primary care, child and family services, and radiology. All residential programs, such as The Pathway Home and Dena A Coy, are still operating with adjusted precautions.

SCF Pharmacy also encourages the use of the refill hotline, (907) 729-2117, for mail-out services.

Along with SCF, ANMC hospital continues to operate but is doing so with limited access. All access to ANMC hospital will occur via three entrances only; hospital sky bridge, front entrance/rotunda and the Emergency Department. After 8 p.m., all traffic will enter through the Emergency Department. Healthy Communities Building, Alaska Spine Institute, and Alaska Pacific Medical Building traffic will all be through the front entrances.

ANMC is restricting visitors at this time. Only one caregiver at a time is allowed in the patient’s room. Labor and Delivery, OB triage, and Post-partum. No visitors will be permitted to the following: Critical Care Unit, Progressive Care Unit (FLEX), or in isolation rooms.

All other inpatient areas of ANMC; limit of two visitors at a time in inpatient hospital rooms. Visitors who are not permitted: no one under the age of 12, individuals who are pregnant or immunocompromised, and visitors with flu-like systems. Exceptions will be considered under special circumstances. There will be a limit of two visitors at a time in inpatient hospital rooms. Hand washing or use of hand sanitizer is required before and after visits.

Events will be canceled or rescheduled as we monitor the situation daily. As information becomes available, SCF will continue to provide updates on service delivery and available resources.

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Wasilla is one of the fastest growing communities in Alaska. Along with that growth comes an increasing need for medical services. To help address this fact Southcentral Foundation built the Benteh Nuutah Valley Native Primary Care Center which has been providing services to the area’s Alaska Native community since 2012.