Health Mandate 15 allows some health care services & elective surgeries to resume in phases
The State of Alaska Health Mandate 15, issued April 15, allows some health care services to resume. Health care facilities and providers listed in the mandate can resume services that require minimal personal protective equipment, starting April 20. They must follow new rules about protective measures and testing.
Facilities and providers should still try to avoid physical interaction, if possible, and provide other ways to access services, such as through videoconferencing. Urgent health services must include enhanced screening and safety measures.
Non-urgent elective services can resume on May 4, 2020 if specific protective rules are followed.
This mandate supersedes Health Mandate 005 on Elective Medical Procedures and Health Mandate 006 on Elective Oral Health Procedures; it also affects the health care providers addressed in Health Mandate 009 on Personal Care Services and Gatherings.