Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) - There are 17 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Alaska as of Wednesday evening.
Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink says there are 59 total cases in the state. The new cases are comprised of three out of Ketchikan, 11 in Anchorage, and one each in Homer, Fairbanks and North Pole.
Zink added that case investigation into whether someone's case is travel-related or community spread is getting more difficult as the caseload rises.
Deputy CDC Director Dr. Jay Butler, the former health chief in Alaska, says a vaccine is between 12 to 18 months out, unlike some past viral epidemics.
Alaska has reported one death so far, a Petersburg man, who passed away at a hospital in Seattle. He had underlying health conditions.