Two new cases of COVID-19 reported in two Alaska communities

May 22, 2020 ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) today announced two new cases of COVID-19 in: Douglas (1) and Nome (1). This brings the total Alaska case count to 404.

This report reflects data from 12:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on May 21 that posted at noon today on the Alaska Coronavirus Response Hub.

The Norton Sound Health Corporation yesterday announced the Nome case as the second one in that region. That case is still under investigation by the Alaska Section of Epidemiology, Public Health Nursing and community partners in the region. This is the first case for the community of Douglas and the 31st case for the City and Borough of Juneau.

Of the new Alaska cases, one is male and one is female. One is aged 10-19 and one is aged 20-29. There have been a total of 44 hospitalizations and 10 deaths with no new hospitalizations or deaths reported yesterday. Recovered cases now remain at 356, with no new recovered cases recorded yesterday. A total of 41,446 tests have been conducted.

“As we head into the Memorial Day weekend and Alaska enters phases 3 and 4 of the Reopening Alaska Responsibly Plan, I want to remind Alaskans that the virus is still here and encourage everyone to continue with the personal protective measures we’ve been practicing for months,” said Commissioner Adam Crum. Those measures include washing hands frequently, maintaining six feet of distance from non-family members, wearing a face covering in public, cleaning and disinfecting regularly, and staying home if sick and getting tested. Commissioner Crum added, “Please be mindful of Alaskans who are most vulnerable to COVID-19 and respectful of local jurisdictions that may keep more restrictions in place for a time.”

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SOA Reopening Guidance for Business and Entities Effective May 22

Alaskans continue to minimize the spread of COVID-19 by acting responsibly and following local, state, national, and industry guidelines on ways to conduct business and activities safely.

In order to equip Alaskans with the tools they need, the State of Alaska is providing this information on best practices and access to additional resources providing more detailed guidance.

To visit the Reopen Alaska Responsibly Phase 3 and 4 webpage visit https://covid19.alaska.gov/reopen/ or click on the download links below:

Reminder – Mandatory Quarantine for Travelers

State of Alaska Health Mandate 10 requires all people arriving in Alaska, whether they are a resident, worker or visitor, to self-quarantine for 14 days. Upon arrival in Alaska, travelers must fill out a declaration form, list the places they traveled in the previous 14 days and identify the location where they will quarantine. This mandate was updated on May 15, 2020 to extend through June 2, 2020.

If you are coming to Alaska for work and you are considered part of the critical infrastructure work force, you must submit a plan to akcovidplans@alaska.gov. This plan must outline how you will avoid the spread of COVID-19 and not endanger the lives of the communities in which you operate, of others who serve as a part of that infrastructure, or the ability of that critical infrastructure to function.

Read Mandate 10 at https://covid19.alaska.gov/health-mandates/

Fill out the Travel Declaration Form at http://gov.alaska.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/COVID-19-Health-Mandate-010-Travel-Declaration.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0w638soywlsrjCb0fYF4g85MKnS_oNQFgF4-B1t6bV8v_zq8x2NZhhZkc

Effective May 22 – Phase 3 and 4 Reopen Alaska Responsibly

Phase III and IV of the of the Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan goes into effect Friday, May 22.

There are a number of strategies and actions that individuals, businesses, and communities can take to help reduce the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.

To read about these strategies and resources you can use to keep yourself, your family, and your community safe visit: https://covid19.alaska.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/05212020-Phase-III-IV-Guidance.pdf

No new cases of COVID-19 reported in Alaska

May 21, 2020 ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) today announced no new cases of COVID-19. The total Alaska case count remains at 402.

This report reflects data from 12:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on May 20 that posted at noon today on the Alaska Coronavirus Response Hub.

There have been a total of 44 hospitalizations and 10 deaths with no new hospitalizations or deaths reported yesterday. Recovered cases now total 356, including four new recovered cases recorded yesterday. A total of 39,545 tests have been conducted.

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

May 20, 2020 ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) today announced three new cases of COVID-19 in: Anchorage (1), Northwest Arctic Borough (1) and the combined Bristol Bay and Lake & Peninsula boroughs (1). This brings the total Alaska case count to 402.

This report reflects data from 12:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on May 19 that posted at noon today on the Alaska Coronavirus Response Hub.

Two nonresident cases were identified yesterday in seafood workers in Anchorage. They were identified through testing during their quarantine period and both are now in isolation. They are listed separately from the total Alaska case count since they are not residents of Alaska. This brings the total nonresident cases to 12, seven of which are in the seafood industry.

The Anchorage case is an inmate at the Anchorage Correctional Center, which was announced by the Alaska Department of Corrections yesterday. The Maniiliq Association also announced yesterday in a press release that the case in the Northwest Arctic Borough was an individual who tested positive in Kotzebue. The Alaska Section of Epidemiology and Public Health Nursing continues to work closely with these communities and organizations to assist with the investigations and contact tracing.

Of the new Alaska cases, two are male and one is female. One is aged 30-39 and two are aged 70-79. There have been a total of 44 hospitalizations and 10 deaths with one new hospitalization and no new deaths reported yesterday. Recovered cases now total 352, including four new recovered cases recorded yesterday. A total of 37,045 tests have been conducted.

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Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan – Phase 3 and 4

Phase 3 and 4 of the State of Alaska’s Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan goes into effect Friday, May 22. Detailed health guidance for Phase 3 and 4 will be released later on May 21, 2020. General guidance is available at: https://covid19.alaska.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/05192020-Alaskas-Plan-Forward-Final.pdf

Alaska has done an excellent job of managing COVID-19. We responded quickly to an unknown threat to keep our cases low and to ensure our healthcare systems have the increased capacity to deal with COVID-19 cases in the future. The base actions that led to our success will continue to be our playbook for the future:

  • Stay six feet or more away from non-family members.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Wipe down surfaces frequently.
  • Wear a face covering when in a public setting in close contact with others.
  • Stay home if you are sick and get tested for COVID-19 if you have symptoms.
  • Be mindful and respectful to those Alaskans that are most vulnerable to this virus. Those being our seniors and those with existing health issues.

No new cases of COVID-19 reported in Alaska

May 19, 2020 ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) today announced no new cases of COVID-19. The total Alaska case count remains at 399.

This report reflects data from 12:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on May 18 that posted at noon today on the Alaska Coronavirus Response Hub.

There have been a total of 43 hospitalizations and 10 deaths with no new hospitalizations or deaths reported yesterday. Recovered cases now total 348, including three new recovered cases recorded yesterday. A total of 36,380 tests have been conducted.

The Alaska Department of Corrections (DOC) also announced today a positive case in an inmate at the Anchorage Correctional Complex. DHSS’ Section of Epidemiology and Division of Public Health Nursing will work closely with DOC on the investigation and contact tracing. The case will be included in tomorrow’s case count for May 19.

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