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Free COVID-19 testing on New Year’s day and through out January

2019 Novel Coronavirus (AP)
2019 Novel Coronavirus (AP)(AP)
Published: Jan. 1, 2021 at 12:09 PM AKST
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Ringing in the new year with free COVID-19 Tests across the Anchorage area. Friday, the Anchorage Office of Emergency Management announced that three free coronavirus testing sites will be open only from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 1.

The sites where free testing is administered are the following:

  • Loussac Library
  • Muldoon Community Assembly
  • 11801 Business Park Blvd

In addition, free pop-up testing sites are open in Anchorage throughout January. Sites will be open on the designated days below from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Jan. 2: Clark Middle School, 150 Bragaw St

Jan. 3: Girdwood Community Center (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.), 250 Egloff Drive

Jan. 4: East High School, 4025 East Northern Lights Blvd

Jan. 8: Abbott Loop Elementary School, 8427 Lake Otis Pkwy

Jan. 9: North Star Elementary School, 605 W Fireweed Ln

Jan. 11: Central Middle School, 1405 E St

To find a testing site and see how busy the sites are you can go here.

It is recommended that the following people get tested:

  • Anyone with even mild symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Symptoms may include fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, decreased appetite, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, muscle/joint aches, nausea, rash, congestion or runny nose, sore throat, or phlegm.
  • People with symptoms should assume they have COVID-19 and isolate themselves from others until test results are received.
  • All close contacts of people who tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Close contact is someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more within a 24-hour period.
  • Close contacts must complete a quarantine as recommended by health officials.
  • People involved in discrete COVID-19 outbreaks as identified by appropriate public health officials
  • Health care workers in hospitals and congregate living settings (regular testing to monitor)
  • Residents in congregate living settings (regular testing to monitor)
  • Frontline workers such as grocery and restaurant workers (regular testing to monitor)

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