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Alaska Critical Infrastructure COVID-19 Community/Workforce Protective Plans

Resources from the Office of Governor Mike Dunleavy, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, and Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

All businesses in Alaska are strongly encouraged to conduct a thorough review of their business practices and develop a plan to mitigate the potential spread of the virus within their workforce and to their customers. Businesses which have workers traveling to and within the State are strongly encouraged to develop a Community/Workforce Protective Plan (CWPP) in order to safeguard their workers and the communities that they operate in.

CI Businesses are no longer required to submit CWPPs to the Unified Command. Local EOs may require businesses operating within a community to provide a copy of their CWPP to the local government or Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Communities which enact this requirement should be aware that the Unified Command is no longer reviewing such plans.

An effective CWPP should contain, at a minimum, some discussion of the following elements:

Business Information – Size, location(s) and type of business, including information about their business model and types of interactions with customers. This section may also include Points of Contact for COVID-related issues within the organization and decision-making processes.

  1. Travel – Procedures and protective measures for employees that are traveling to and within the State. This can include any pre-travel testing/screening requirements, any entry control measures (Entry Quarantine, observation or Strict Social Distancing (SSD) periods, and protective measures to follow during travel. This section should also include some discussion of travel contingency plans, in the event of a delay, exposure or positive test results.
  2. Workplace Protective Measures – This section should include a discussion of daily screening measures and internal protective measures, to include engineering and administrative controls. Controls should include facility access control, social distancing measures, break room or dining facility procedures and PPE. Different safety measures for resident workers who live in on-site facilities and commuting workers should also be discussed. If the workplace is equipped with recreational spaces, such as a gymnasium, that should also be addressed. This section could also include information on the businesses continuous screening program, which may include periodic, asymptomatic testing.
  3. Protecting the Public – This section should focus on protective measures enacted to mitigate possible viral transmission from or to the business’s workforce, clients/customers and the local population. This can include procedures for contact-less transactions, protective measures for customers, vendors, inspectors and visitors and behavior restrictions for workers to insulate the facility from the surrounding community.
  4. Case Response – The key to containing the spread of the virus throughout a facility or vessel is swift, decisive action once the first positive case is identified. This section should include procedures to immediately isolate any suspected or confirmed positive persons, and to conduct contact tracing, baseline testing and close contact quarantine on the rest of the workforce. This section may also include discussion of Return to Work (RTW) policies for recovered/exposed persons, cleaning procedures for the workspace and Outbreak Contingency Plans for large clusters or outbreaks.
  5. Outbreak Contingency Plans are not standing documents, but are developed as-needed in the event of multiple positive cases which impact the business’s operations. They cover issues like: movement of positive or exposed personnel to a safe isolation/quarantine location, wrap-around services during isolation and quarantine, to include medical monitoring, logistics and security, decision-making to possibly cease operations, coordination with local government and healthcare entities and communication with the public.

Additional information about workplace protective measures is available from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) at:

Additional guidance and recommendations for seafood processing workers and commercial vessels is available from the CDC at:

Federal requirements regarding travel are available from the CDC at:

A summary of useful links for businesses is available at: