Dear MTNT Shareholders:
As the global Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to unfold, MTNT remains committed to our mission and our Shareholders while monitoring the epidemic.
As of Friday, March 13, the day after Alaska’s first positive case of COVID-19, Governor Dunleavy announced that all non-residential public schools in Alaska are closed to students until March 30 in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and allow teachers and staff to organize education plans for remote-delivered schooling should the need arise. Additional closures have since been announced.
MTNT is carefully monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and observing the advice and directives of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Alaska Department of Health and Human Services, and reputable medical journals.
While MTNT’s operations continue, MTNT has taken a range of actions to minimize the risks, including but not limited to:
- Educating all employees about the virus,
- Tele-working from home,
- Restricting business travel and events,
- Requiring employees exhibiting any symptoms to stay at home,
- Practicing social distancing,
- Limiting all face-to-face meetings and more.
MTNT takes our responsibility to the well-being of our employees, Shareholders and the community very seriously. A cross-company team is monitoring this issue to assess the impacts COVID-19 may have on our business, while ensuring we are taking measures that best protect our company and community. Through our regular contingency-planning process, MTNT is always prepared for unexpected events.
As of now, MTNT’s corporate office in Anchorage is closed and headquarters in McGrath remains open.
Similar to the common cold or flu, basic safety and hygiene measures remain the best defense against COVID-19:
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Maintain at least 10 feet between yourself and individuals showing signs of illness.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth without first washing your hands.
- Get adequate sleep, eat well-balanced meals and drink plenty of water to ensure a healthy immune system.
- Stay home if you are feeling ill.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Be sure to wash your hands afterward.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Stay positive, informed and don’t panic.
While COVID-19 started in China, it has now spread to dozens of countries. One person is as susceptible to this virus as any other. We are all in this together.
While President Trump has declared this a national emergency, we encourage people to stay calm, stay informed, and practice good personal hygiene and social distancing.
As the outbreak continues to unfold, we will keep our Shareholders updated on any impacts to the corporation or the community through our regular communication channels, including the KwnJa’ newsletter, MTNT website and our Facebook page.
If you have concerns about COVID-19 because of a travel history or mild symptoms call 2-1-1. The Department of Health and Social Services has enlisted Alaska 2-1-1 and the center staff is now supplemented with an Alaska Respond volunteer. These volunteers are licensed medical professionals who are lending their health care expertise to this effort. For Alaskans who live in areas where 2-1-1 can’t be accessed, please call 800-478-2221. If you are sick and feel you should be seen, call your provider for an appointment.
On behalf of the entire MTNT team, we wish you good health.
Chief Executive Officer
Visit CDC.gov to stay informed.