10/19/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 10/19/2020 14:59
VIEW THE EXPANDED KPBSD COVID19 Data Dashboard
Current operational Risk Levels effective October 19, 2020, until further notice*Central Peninsula: HIGH
Eastern Peninsula: HIGH
Southern Peninsula: HIGH
Small Communities: LOW
The KPBSD risk determination is made in conjunction with input from the State of Alaska actual 14-Day positive case counts, seven day trends of positive cases, Public Health and contact tracing, the KPBSD COVID-19 Community Risk Level Medical Advisory Group, Kenai Peninsula cooperators, and at times, consultation directly with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) and the Alaska Department of Education and Early Learning (DEED).
When the onset of COVID-19 happened, the need to make rational and informed operational decisions became primary for the health and safety of our students, staff, and communities. KPBSD incorporated science-based guidance to assist in our decision-making processes.
The KPBSD COVID19 risk map shows low, medium, or high risk in three general areas of the Kenai Peninsula, and small communities.
The KPBSD is divided into geographical risk areas:
Cooper Landing School; Hope School; Nanwalek School; Port Graham School; Susan B. English School (Seldovia); Tebughna School
The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) created a tool with three levels of alert based on the amount of community transmission on a per capita incidence of cases per 100,000 population as part of their plan to reopen long-term care facilities to visitors. Every day the DHSS calculates the number of new cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 residents, then averages it over the past 14 days. The DHSS article and chart are found at the following link: http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/id/Pages/COVID-19/alertlevels.aspx
The DHSS article specifically states:
'These community transmission levels were developed to inform decisions about allowing visitors to long-term care facilities. However average daily per capita incidence may inform decision making in other sectors as well, such as schools, institutions of higher education, and businesses.'
The Alaska School Activities Association (ASAA) adopted this modeling to determine risk levels for student activities and sports.
KPBSD believes that the safety of our staff and students should be as important as the safety of our senior citizens, so we have adopted the same numbers used by DHSS. We have created a 'KPBSD Level of Determination by Community-Region' chart that converts the population of the borough and its communities on the 'cases per 100,000 population' standard that the State used. The KPBSD chart shows case counts in two ways, the daily average case rate over fourteen days, and the total maximum number of cases in the last 14-day period.
KPBSD created a 'Resident Coronavirus Cases On The Kenai Peninsula' chart to track the daily number of cases on the Kenai Peninsula as reported by the State of Alaska on the upper portion of the chart. On the bottom half of the page, cases are grouped by Region. The cases are shown in three different ways:
The latter two numbers are used in coordination with the 'KPBSD Level of Determination by Community-Region' chart to determine what alert level each region is in for KPBSD operations. Risk levels are not solely determined by the 14 day counts, but this data provides a framework for risk level.