News Release: June 29 Positive COVID-19 Cases In Sitka

Sitka Unified Command received information from Public Health Officials reporting two positive test results for COVID-19 in Sitka on Monday, June 29.
Sitka’s positive test count is now at 12, 12 resident cases and 5 nonresident cases. The State of Alaska is reporting 904 cumulative cases statewide.


The first confirmed case is a male, age 20-29, non-resident. He received COVID-19 testing at the airport and is isolating. He is asymptomatic.

The second confirmed case is a male, age 60-69, non-resident. He received COVID-19 testing at the airport and is isolating. He is also asymptomatic.

Public Health Officials have initiated contact investigations and will notify and isolate additional persons that may have been in contact with these individuals as appropriate. If you are sick with COVID-19, a Public Health Official will call you to check on your health, discuss who you’ve been in contact with and ask you to stay at home to self-isolate for 14 days. This information is collected for health purposes only and will not be shared with any other

agencies, like law enforcement or immigration. Your name will not be revealed to those you came in contact with, unless you give permission. If you have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, a Public Health Official will call you to inform you that you’ve been exposed and ask you to stay at home and self-quarantine. Staying at home helps keep you, your family, and your community safe. Do your part to keep your family and your community safe from COVID-19: answer the call to slow the spread.
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, sore throat, 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 http://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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25 new cases of COVID-19 recorded in Alaska; 21 resident, 4 nonresident

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:   Clinton Bennett, DHSS, (907) 269-4996, clinton.bennett@alaska.gov

25 new cases of COVID-19 recorded in Alaska; 21 resident, 4 nonresident

June 29, 2020 ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) today announced 25 new cases of COVID-19 in Alaska; 21 are residents of eight communities: Seward (8), Anchorage (6), Willow (2), Eagle River (1), Fairbanks (1), North Pole (1), Nome Census Area (1) and Wasilla (1). This brings the total number of Alaska cases to 904.

Four new nonresident cases were also identified in:
Kenai Peninsula Borough (2): two unknown in Seward
Anchorage (1): one unknown
Fairbanks (1): one unknown

This brings the total number of nonresident cases to 183.

In response to the increase in new cases, the City of Seward yesterday issued a press release notifying their community of the cases, as well as providing recommendations for protective measures and updates on testing locations.

Of the new Alaska cases, six are male and 15 are female. One is under the age of 10; two are aged 10-19; seven are aged 20-29; five are aged 30-39; three are aged 40-49; two are aged 50-59 and one is aged 70-79. There have been a total of 67 hospitalizations and 14 deaths with no new hospitalizations or deaths reported yesterday. Recovered cases now total 525, with four new recovered cases recorded yesterday. A total of 108,709 tests have been conducted. The average percentage of daily positive tests for the previous three days is 1.27%.

This report reflects data from 12:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on June 28 that posted at noon today on the Alaska Coronavirus Response Hub. Also note that upon further investigation and interviews, data points for cases – such as the date and residence – may on occasion change on the data dashboard after they are announced.
Stay informed
Alaska’s response
United States response
Global response

Questions about COVID-19?
For general questions and assistance, please call 2-1-1.
For the general public, questions regarding DHSS COVID response, including mandates and alerts, can be sent to covidquestions@alaska.gov. Data questions can be sent to data.coronavirus@alaska.gov
For DHSS media inquiries, please contact clinton.bennett@alaska.gov. ###

Starting today, this press release will no longer be issued daily. DHSS will release COVID-19 press releases three times weekly (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) and will also issue the COVID-19 Weekly Case Update. Case count summaries, similar to the information provided in this press release, will continue to be posted daily on DHSS Facebook and Twitter and sent to subscribers of the DHSS Alerts email/text list

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30 new cases of COVID-19 and two additional deaths recorded in Alaska; 20 resident, 10 nonresident

DHSS Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:   Clinton Bennett, DHSS, (907) 269-4996, clinton.bennett@alaska.gov

30 new cases of COVID-19 and two additional deaths recorded in Alaska; 20 resident, 10 nonresident

June 26, 2020 ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) today announced 30 new cases of COVID-19 in Alaska; 20 are residents of nine communities: Anchorage (5), Juneau (3), Wasilla (3), Eagle River (2), Fairbanks (2), Seward (2), North Pole (1), Palmer (1) and Sitka (1). This brings the total number of Alaska cases to 836.
Ten new nonresident cases were also identified in:

Bristol Bay plus Lake and Peninsula boroughs (5): seafood industry Anchorage Municipality (3): 2 unknown and 1 tourism
Bethel Census Area (1): other
Nome Census Area (1): other

This brings the total number of nonresident cases to 167.

Of the new Alaska cases, 11 are male and nine are female. One is aged 10-19; three are aged 20-29; three are aged 30-39; four are aged 40-49; four are aged 50-59; three are aged 60-69; and two are aged 70-79.  

In relation to the two new Seward cases, the Seward Community Health Center is setting up drive-through COVID-19 testing for tomorrow, June 27. More details will be released soon.

There have been a total of 67 hospitalizations and 14 deaths with two new hospitalizations and two new deaths reported yesterday. The deaths occurred in May outside of Alaska but are being recorded now as
Juneau residents. The individuals, who have no connection to one another, had been in long-term care facilities in different states outside of Alaska when they died. One of the deceased was male and the other was female. One was 60-69 years old, the other 70-79 years old. Their death certificates listed Juneau as their place of residence. In accordance with national standards, COVID-19 cases and deaths are counted by a person’s residency, not where they contracted the virus. This provides consistency and avoids cases being double-counted between states. The two deaths are part of three new COVID-19 cases being reported in Juneau today, which means Juneau has one new active case.

“We are saddened by the loss of these two Alaskans and are thinking of their loved ones and families as they continue to mourn,” said Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer. “I also want to remind Alaskans to buckle down on prevention. As case counts continue to rise in Alaska, we must be diligent about keeping six feet away from others, wearing a cloth face covering when you’re out in public, washing your hands often and isolating and calling a health care provider to ask about testing if you’re experiencing even mild COVID-19 symptoms.”

Recovered cases now total 519, with six new recovered cases recorded yesterday. A total of 101,792 tests have been conducted. In the past week, from June 19-25, 17,386 tests were conducted with a rolling three-day percent positivity rate of 0.84%. According to a national website that tracks COVID-19 statistics, including testing data, Alaska ranked sixth highest among U.S. states for number of tests per capita, with the lowest percentage of returned positive test results. One caveat to that data, however, is that the number of tests includes residents and nonresidents while the population is based on residents only.

This report reflects data from 12:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on June 25 that posted at noon today on the Alaska Coronavirus Response Hub. Alaska Coronavirus Response Hub. Also note that upon further investigation and interviews, data points for cases – such as the date and residence – may on occasion change on the data dashboard after they are announced.

Stay informed
Alaska’s response
United States response
Global response

Questions about COVID-19?

For general questions and assistance, please call 2-1-1.
For the general public, questions regarding DHSS COVID response, including mandates and alerts, can be sent to covidquestions@alaska.gov. Data questions can be sent to data.coronavirus@alaska.gov
For DHSS media inquiries, please contact clinton.bennett@alaska.gov. ###

44 new cases of COVID-19 in Alaska; 25 residents, 19 nonresidents

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Clinton Bennett, DHSS, (907) 269-4996, clinton.bennett@alaska.gov


44 new cases of COVID-19 in Alaska; 25 residents, 19 nonresidents


June 25, 2020 ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) today announced 44 new cases of COVID-19 in Alaska.

Twenty-five are residents of 11 communities:
Anchorage (6), Fairbanks (6), Homer (3), Eagle River (2), North Pole (2), Bethel (1), Northern Kenai Peninsula (1), Palmer (1), Seward (1), Valdez (1) and Wasilla (1).


Nineteen new nonresident cases were also identified in:
• Combined Bristol Bay and Lake & Peninsula boroughs (9): nine in the seafood industry
• Municipality of Anchorage (2): one in the seafood industry and one in a visitor
• City and Borough of Wrangell (2): two in the seafood industry
• Kenai Peninsula Borough (1): one in the seafood industry
• Valdez-Cordova Census Area (1): one in other industry
• Unknown (4): four locations are unknown at this time


A case previously identified as a Ketchikan resident has been reclassified as a nonresident and a case in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough identified on June 23 has been added to the dashboard. This brings the total number of Alaska resident cases to 816 and nonresident cases to 157. Additionally,
nonresident case previously assigned to Fairbanks has been corrected to Denali Borough.


Of the new Alaska resident cases identified yesterday, 15 are male; nine are female and one is unknown at this time. Three are under the age of 10; three are aged 10-19; six are aged 20-29; one is
aged 30-39; four are aged 40-49; six are aged 50-59; one is aged 60-69 and two are aged 70-79. There have been a total of 65 hospitalizations and 12 deaths with one new hospitalization and no new deaths recorded yesterday. Recovered cases now total 513, with six new recovered cases recorded yesterday. A total of 99,452 tests have been conducted. The average percentage of daily positive tests for the previous three days is 0.69%.


This report reflects data from 12:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on June 24 that posted at noon today on the Alaska Coronavirus Response Hub. Please note that upon further investigation and interviews, data points for cases – such as the date and residence – may on occasion change on the data dashboard
after they are announced.


Stay informed
• Alaska’s response
• United States response
• Global response


Questions about COVID-19?
• For general questions and assistance, please call 2-1-1.
• For the general public, questions regarding DHSS COVID response, including mandates and alerts, can be sent to covidquestions@alaska.gov.
• For data questions, contact data.coronavirus@alaska.gov.
• For DHSS media inquiries, please contact clinton.bennett@alaska.gov.

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June 24, Positive COVID-19 Case in Sitka


JOINT NEWS RELEASE – For Immediate Release


Date: June 25, 2020

From: Sitka Unified Command

Contacts: Maegan Bosak, SEARHC Marketing Director, maeganb@searhc.org, 907.966.8942
Sara Peterson, CBS Public Information Officer, pio@cityofsitka.org, 907.747.1899
Dave Miller, CBS Emergency Manager, dave.miller@cityofsitka.org 907.747.3233

Sitka Unified Command received information from Public Health Officials on one positive test results for COVID-19 in Sitka on Wednesday, June 24.

Sitka’s positive test count is now at 12,12 resident cases and 3 nonresident cases. The State of Alaska is reporting 792 cumulative cases statewide.

The confirmed case is a male resident, age 40-49, who received COVID-19 testing out of state on June 20, 72 hours prior to flying to Sitka. The individual is asymptomatic.

Public Health Officials have initiated contact investigations and will notify and isolate additional persons that may have been in contact with these individuals as appropriate.

If you are sick with COVID-19, a Public Health Official will call you to check on your health, discuss who you’ve been in contact with and ask you to stay at home to self-isolate for 14 days. This information is collected for health purposes only and will not be shared with any other agencies, like law enforcement or immigration. Your name will not be revealed to those you came in contact with, unless you give permission. If you have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, a Public Health Official will call you to inform you that you’ve been exposed and ask you to stay at home and self-quarantine. Staying at home helps keep you, your family, and your community safe. Do your part to keep your family and your community safe from COVID-19: answer the call to slow the spread. 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, sore throat, 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 http://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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21 new cases of COVID-19 in Alaska; 14 residents, 7 nonresidents

DHSS Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:   Clinton Bennett, DHSS, (907) 269-4996, clinton.bennett@alaska.gov

21 new cases of COVID-19 in Alaska; 14 residents, 7 nonresidents

June 24, 2020 ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) today announced 21 new cases of COVID-19 in Alaska. Fourteen are residents of seven communities: Anchorage (7), Fairbanks (2), Chugiak (1), Ketchikan Gateway Borough (1), Matanuska-Susitna Borough (1), North Pole (1) and Palmer (1). This brings the total number of Alaska resident cases to 792.

Seven new nonresident cases were also identified in:
Fairbanks North Star Borough (4): two in the mining industry, one in a visitor, and one in other industry
Municipality of Anchorage (1): unknown at this time
Combined Bristol Bay and Lake & Peninsula boroughs (1): one in the seafood industry
Kodiak Island Borough (1): one in other industry

This brings the total number of nonresident cases to 136.

Of the new Alaska resident cases identified yesterday, six are male and eight are female. Two are under the age of 10; four are aged 10-19; two are aged 20-29; three are aged 30-39; one is aged 50-59 and two are aged 60-69. There have been a total of 64 hospitalizations and 12 deaths with one new hospitalization and no new deaths recorded yesterday. Recovered cases now total 507, with five new recovered cases recorded yesterday. A total of 96,096 tests have been conducted. The average percentage of daily positive tests for the previous three days is 0.71%.

This report reflects data from 12:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on June 23 that posted at noon today on the Alaska Coronavirus Response Hub. Please note that upon further investigation and interviews, data points for cases – such as the date and residence – may on occasion change on the data dashboard after they are announced.

Stay informed
Alaska’s response
United States response
Global response

Questions about COVID-19?

For general questions and assistance, please call 2-1-1. For the general public, questions regarding DHSS COVID response, including mandates and alerts, can be sent to covidquestions@alaska.gov.
Data questions can be sent to
data.coronavirus@alaska.gov
For DHSS media inquiries, please contact clinton.bennett@alaska.gov.

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35 new cases of COVID-19 in Alaska; 16 residents, 19 nonresidents

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:   Clinton Bennett, DHSS, (907) 269-4996, clinton.bennett@alaska.gov

35 new cases of COVID-19 in Alaska; 16 residents, 19 nonresidents

June 23, 2020 ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) today announced 35 new cases of COVID-19 in Alaska. Sixteen are residents of eight communities: Anchorage (9), Bethel (1), Fairbanks (1), Girdwood (1), Homer (1), combined Hoonah-Angoon Census Area and Yakutat Borough (1), Nome (1) and Palmer (1). Also added to the data dashboard today was a case in Wasilla which was identified on June 21. This brings the total number of Alaska resident cases to 778.

Nineteen new nonresident cases were also identified in:

Municipality of Anchorage (1): one in a visitor
Fairbanks North Star Borough (2): two in the mining industry
Ketchikan Gateway Borough (2): two in the seafood industry
Valdez-Cordova Census Area (2): two in the seafood industry
Dillingham Census Area (12): 12 in the seafood industry

This brings the total number of nonresident cases to 129. The City of Dillingham announced yesterday the 12 seafood workers in that region were identified during their employer’s testing protocols. All of the individuals were in quarantine at the time they were identified and are now in isolation on the company’s closed campus.

Of the new Alaska resident cases identified yesterday, eight are male and eight are female. One is aged 10-19; four are aged 20-29; three are aged 30-39; four are aged 40-49; three are aged 50-59 and one is aged 60-69. There have been a total of 63 hospitalizations and 12 deaths with one new hospitalization and no new deaths recorded yesterday. Recovered cases now total 502, with 11 new recovered cases recorded yesterday. A total of 92,947 tests have been conducted. The average percentage of daily positive tests for the previous three days is 0.96%.

This report reflects data from 12:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on June 22 that posted at noon today on the Alaska Coronavirus Response Hub. Please note that upon further investigation and interviews, data points for cases – such as the date and residence – may on occasion change on the data dashboard after they are announced.

Stay informed

Alaska’s response
United States response
Global response

Questions about COVID-19?

For general questions and assistance, please call 2-1-1.
For the general public, questions regarding DHSS COVID response, including mandates and alerts, can be sent tocovidquestions@alaska.gov. Data questions can be sent to data.coronavirus@alaska.gov
For DHSS media inquiries, please contact clinton.bennett@alaska.gov. ###

Ten new cases of COVID-19 in Alaska; six resident, four nonresident

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Clinton Bennett, DHSS, (907) 269-4996,
clinton.bennett@alaska.gov

Ten new cases of COVID-19 in Alaska; six resident, four nonresident

June 22, 2020 ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) today announced 10 new cases of COVID-19 in Alaska. Six are residents of four communities: Anchorage (3), North Slope Borough (1), Palmer (1) and Wasilla (1). This brings the total number of Alaska resident cases to 761.

Four new nonresident cases were also identified in:
• Wrangell-Petersburg Census Area (1): one in a visitor
• Haines Borough (3): three in the seafood industry

This brings the total number of nonresident cases to 110.

Of the new Alaska resident cases, two are male and four are female. Two are under the age of 10; one is aged 10-19; one is aged 20-29 and two are aged 40-49. There have been a total of 62 hospitalizations and 12 deaths with one new hospitalization and no new deaths recorded yesterday. Recovered cases now total 491, with 16 new recovered cases recorded yesterday. A total of 90,824 tests have been conducted. The average percentage of daily positive tests for the previous three days is 0.89%.

This report reflects data from 12:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on June 21 that posted at noon today on the Alaska Coronavirus Response Hub. Please note that upon further investigation and interviews, data points for cases – such as the date and residence – may on occasion change on the data dashboard after they are announced.

Stay informed
• Alaska’s response
• United States response
• Global response

Questions about COVID-19?
• For general questions and assistance, please call 2-1-1.
• For the general public, questions regarding DHSS COVID response, including mandates and alerts, can be sent to covidquestions@alaska.gov.
• For data questions, contact data.coronavirus@alaska.gov.
• For DHSS media inquiries, please contact clinton.bennett@alaska.gov.

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