April 27, 2020 by Talia Jeanlouis How does this affect my PFD? On April 9, 2020, Governor Dunleavy signed into law SB 241, which extends two important protections for Alaskans during this public health emergency: The deadline to file for your PFD has been extended to April 30, 2020.If you’ve been out of state for an extended time due to COVID-related reasons, you may still be eligible for the PFD if you notify the commissioner of the Alaska Department of Revenue or the commissioner’s designee that you expect to be absent from the state for a continuous period on or after March 11, 2020. Read SB 241 at www.akleg.gov/PDF/31/Bills/SB0241Z.PDF. Visit the Permanent Fund Division for more information at pfd.alaska.gov. Your page does not tell us the specifics of positive cases. Are you going to give detailed information, such as where infected people work or live? Why isn’t information given by zip code? We want to keep Alaskans as informed as possible on COVID-related issues. Part of this process involves hard work by the epidemiology team to investigate and trace all contacts by a person who tests positive so that anyone at risk can be notified. We cannot disclose protected health information of individual people. Part of respecting all Alaskans is respecting the lives of Alaskans who have tested positive for this virus, and not putting them at unnecessary risk by disclosing personal information. Because we are a HIPAA compliant organization, we cannot report information for towns or villages with <1,000 residents. Geographic information at a granular level in combination with other information that we report may inadvertently identify a patient. This is to protect the privacy and confidentiality of patients. For information about inadvertently identifying persons – please visit HIPPA for more information about the legal and ethical reasons we protect people’s rights to privacy. Please be assured that when there is information that is vital to preventing spread, we will share what is needed.