10 new positive coronavirus cases identified in Alaska

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services today announced 10 new positive cases of COVID-19 in four Alaska communities.

    Those communities are Anchorage (5), Fairbanks (2), North Pole (2), and Juneau (1). This brings Alaska’s total case count to 69.

    “We now have convincing evidence of community transmission in three Alaska communities—Anchorage, Fairbanks and Ketchikan,” said Dr. Joe McLaughlin, Alaska’s State Epidemiologist. “This means that COVID-19 cases are being identified in people in these communities who have had no recent out-of-state travel and no identified link to another person with confirmed COVID-19 infection. This heightens the need for vigilant adherence to social distancing measures and prompt home isolation of people who develop any symptoms of respiratory infection.”

    Six of these cases are still under investigation; the remaining four are close contacts of previously diagnosed cases.

    Most individuals are adults, but two are younger adults (aged 19-29) and one is a child. The child is a relative of a previously diagnosed case, and is the first youth to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19.


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