27 new cases of COVID-19 reported in eight Alaska communities

May 31, 2020 ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) today announced 27 new cases of COVID-19 in eight communities: Anchorage (12), Wasilla (4), Kenai (3), Eagle River (3), Homer (2), Soldotna (1), Kenai Peninsula Borough (1) and Anchor Point (1).

This report reflects data from 12:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on May 30 that posted at noon today on the Alaska Coronavirus Response Hub.

Of the new Alaska cases, 14 are male and 13 are female. Four are aged of 10-19; five aged 20-29; three are aged 30-39; three are aged 40-49; three are aged 50-59; four are aged 60-69; two are aged 70-79; and three are aged 80 or older. There have been a total of 47 hospitalizations and 10 deaths with no new hospitalizations or deaths reported yesterday. Recovered cases now total 368, with no new recovered cases recorded yesterday. A total of 53,063 tests have been conducted.

One new nonresident case was identified in a seafood industry worker in the Dillingham Census Area. After further investigation, the Homer case reported for May 29 has been determined to be in a visitor, not a resident of Alaska, so it has been subtracted from the total Alaska case count and added to the nonresident case total. Including the May 30 cases, this brings the total Alaska case count to 460 and the total nonresident cases to 21.

A joint press conference with Governor Dunleavy, DHSS, Municipality of Anchorage and Providence Health & Services Alaska will be held later today to discuss the high number of cases.

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Five new cases of COVID-19 reported in four Alaska communities; one nonresident case in Kenai Peninsula Borough

May 29, 2020 ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) today announced five new cases of COVID-19 in four communities: Anchorage (2), Juneau (1), Homer (1) and Soldotna (1). This brings the total Alaska case count to 430.

This report reflects data from 12:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on May 28 that posted at noon today on the Alaska Coronavirus Response Hub.

The City and Borough of Juneau announced yesterday the Juneau case; their most recent case prior to this one was May 22.

Of the new Alaska cases, four are male and one is female. One is under the age of 10; one is aged 10-19; two are aged 20-29; and one is aged 60-69. There have been a total of 47 hospitalizations and 10 deaths with one new hospitalization and no new deaths reported yesterday. Recovered cases now total 367, with one new recovered cases recorded yesterday. A total of 49,439 tests have been conducted.

One new nonresident case was identified in a visitor in the Kenai Peninsula Borough. The person was detected as a positive case after they had completed their 14-day self-quarantine. The case is listed separately from the total Alaska case count since the person is not a resident of Alaska. The nonresident cases now total 18, three of whom are visitors.

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Thirteen new cases of COVID-19 reported in seven Alaska communities

May 28, 2020 ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) today announced 13 new cases of COVID-19 in seven communities: Anchorage (4), Juneau (1), Homer (2), Kenai (1), Nikiski (1), Kenai Peninsula Borough (3) and North Slope Borough (1). This brings the total Alaska case count to 425. There are no new nonresident cases.

This report reflects data from 12:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on May 27 that posted at noon today on the Alaska Coronavirus Response Hub.

“I know this increase in cases today may come as a surprise to some, but this is why we continue to closely monitor cases and investigate each one,” said Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer. “Many of the cases came in late yesterday and are still under investigation so it’s too soon to have details about the source of transmission, but other factors such as increases in testing may also play a role.” The Section of Epidemiology and Public Health Nursing will be interviewing the patients and following up with anyone who may be a close contact to advise them about their risk of exposure and what measures to take to protect themselves and their community.

Dr. Zink added, “Alaskans should take this news as an important reminder that the virus is still with us and that we should not ease up on the actions each of us can take to protect ourselves including: keeping six feet of distance from others, wearing a face covering when out in public, washing our hands frequently, and cleaning and disinfecting surfaces at home and work.”

Of the new Alaska cases, seven are male and six are female. Two are aged 10-19; one is aged 20-29; three are aged 30-39; two are aged 40-49; four are aged 50-59; and one is aged 60-69. There have been a total of 46 hospitalizations and 10 deaths with no new hospitalizations or deaths reported yesterday. Recovered cases now total 366, with two new recovered cases recorded yesterday. A total of 47,970 tests have been conducted.

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One new case of COVID-19 reported in Bethel Census Area

May 27, 2020 ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) today announced one new case of COVID-19 in the Bethel Census Area. This brings the total Alaska case count to 412. There are no new nonresident cases.

This report reflects data from 12:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on May 26 that posted at noon today on the Alaska Coronavirus Response Hub.

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation (YKHC) announced the case yesterday as the third in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta region. In addition to working with DHSS Section of Epidemiology on the investigation, YKHC is sending a response team to provide screening and testing in the village where the individual lives.

The new Alaska case is female and under the age of 10. There have been a total of 46 hospitalizations and 10 deaths with one new hospitalization and no new deaths reported yesterday. Recovered cases now total 364, with two new recovered cases recorded yesterday. A total of 46,363 tests have been conducted.

The Arctic Slope Native Association reported today the first COVID-19 case in the North Slope region. The person was identified through testing at Samuel Simmonds Memorial Hospital (SSMH) in Utqiaġvik and a rapid response team from SSMH is immediately traveling to the individual’s community to provide testing and support to residents. The DHSS Section of Epidemiology and Public Health Nursing are assisting with contact tracing. This case will be included in tomorrow’s Alaska case count which reports data for May 27.

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Two new cases of COVID-19 reported in two Alaska communities; two nonresident cases in seafood industry workers in Anchorage

May 26, 2020 ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) today announced two new cases of COVID-19 in Anchorage (1) and Sitka (1). This brings the total Alaska case count to 411.

This report reflects data from 12:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on May 25 that posted at noon today on the Alaska Coronavirus Response Hub.

The Sitka Unified Command announced on Monday the Sitka case was a patient who was tested as part of Mt. Edgecumbe Medical Center’s admitting process. The person was isolated immediately and the case is being investigated to determine the source of the virus. This is the second case in Sitka.

Of the new Alaska cases, both are female. One is aged 20-29 and one is aged 30-39. There have been a total of 45 hospitalizations and 10 deaths with no new hospitalizations or deaths reported yesterday. Recovered cases now total 362, with one new recovered cases recorded yesterday. A total of 44,964 tests have been conducted.

Two nonresident cases in Anchorage were identified in seafood industry workers. They are listed separately from the total Alaska case count since they are not residents of Alaska. This brings the total nonresident cases to 17, 12 of which are in the seafood industry. Public health nurses and the DHSS Section of Epidemiology are investigating all cases in conjunction with the seafood company and community partners.

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Positive COVID-19 Case In Sitka

Sitka Unified Command has received information from Public Health Officials that there has been a positive test result for COVID-19 in Sitka. 

The confirmed patient received COVID-19 testing as part of the admitting protocol at Mt. Edgecumbe Medical Center.  Upon receiving the positive test result, the patient immediately isolated and continues to quarantine at home.  The patient is currently asymptomatic.  An investigation is currently underway to identify the source of the virus. Public Health Officials will notify and isolate additional persons as appropriate.

Sitka Unified Command urges citizens to adhere to all state mandates and to remain diligent and practice the health measures we’ve all learned in recent weeks and months: wash your hands often, avoid close contact with others and keep your social circle small, stay home if you feel ill, wear a face covering when around others, and clean and disinfect objects and surfaces on a regular basis.

COVID-19 symptoms are similar to the flu – fever, aching, cough, shortness of breath, and sometimes decreased sense of taste and smell. If you are concerned you might have contracted the coronavirus contact the COVID hotline at 966.8799 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Outside of normal clinic hours, patients can contact the SEARHC 24/7 Nurse Advice Line at 1.800.613.0560 to be triaged by a registered nurse. 

Additional information on COVID-19 is available through the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) at  https://covid19.alaska.gov/ and SEARHC at www.covid19.searhc.org.

If you are not sick, please continue to take precautionary measures to stay healthy:

  • Get your flu shot. The flu shot will not prevent COVID-19 but will help prevent you from getting sick and reduce the workload on the healthcare system.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after your blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, put distance between yourself and other people outside of your home, do not gather in groups and minimize your actions with others, stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings, and keep your social circle small.
  • Stay home if you feel ill, and always cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily (e.g. phones, tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles).
  • Wear a face covering, in particular in public settings. For more information on cloth face coverings visit http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/id/Pages/COVID-19/coveryourface.aspx

Residents are encouraged to prepare for any local emergency by ensuring each family member has a 14- day emergency supply kit, including any necessary medications.

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