Gov. Dunleavy reassures Alaskans after 27 new cases

    (L-R) Dr. Anne Zink and Gov. Mike Dunleavy.

    Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) - Gov. Mike Dunleavy said a spike in cases today was not a reason to get overly concerned.

    "We are all working together and we will keep you informed," he said at an afternoon news conference.

    Dunleavy said he did not call a press conference because they are overly concerned.  He noted it is the largest increase in one day since the pandemic began.

    "We are confident that we have the ability to manage this.  We are watching this, projecting out, and as of today we feel pretty good where we're going for the State of Alaska."

    Dunleavy said some people might feel the pandemic won't affect them or their families.

    "The virus is out there, we know it's here in Alaska.  We've done a pretty good job of keeping it at bay and doing a pretty good job of testing.  We always said the numbers would go up."

    The state now has 460 total cases.  At the same time, 368 patients have recovered.

    The nonresident cases total 21.

    Under 1 percent of the 53,063 cases have come back positive.

    Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink said this is a sneaky disease that can really spread when people get together.  She added its important to stay home if you don't feel well,  "Its really important that we do what we can to prevent the spread of this disease."

    10 of 12 recent cases in Anchorage were connected to a long-term care facility.

    Dr. Zink said if you feel any symptoms you should get tested for the illness.

    "If we each do a small part and sacrifice a little bit it will cause a lot less pain and death," she added.

    Dr. Michael Bernstein, Chief Medical Officer, at Providence Health Services Alaska, said they have prevented guests from visiting the facility and emphasized cleaning and prevention since the pandemic began.

    "People can be very contagious before they are asymptomatic.  We will work to bring this infection under control and prevent the spread," he added.

    He noted they have expanded capacity and feel they are ready to handle the increase in cases.

    Natasha Pineda with the Anchorage Health Department said they had 15 new cases today.  That represents the second highest total in one day since the pandemic began.

    The resident of the long term care facility tested positive on May 29. 

    They immediately set up an outside testing site at Providence Medical Center and conducted a large number of tests.



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