Updated: Ketchikan has first case of coronavirus in Southeast

    Ketchikan, Alaska (KINY) - The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reports that there has been a positive test result for COVID-19 in Ketchikan.

    Additionally, Fairbanks and Anchorage each have a new case, raising the statewide number to six. Dining-in at bars and restaurants has been suspended across the state.

    The individual in Ketchikan has a history of travel to the lower 48. Upon experiencing symptoms of illness, the individual self-isolated and sought testing through a Ketchikan clinic. The individual is an employee of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough.

    The White Cliff Building has been closed until further notice. The Borough has contracted out for a thorough commercial disinfectant service for the entirety of the White Cliff Building and outside areas of the building. Borough employees in direct contact with the individual will be self-isolating for a period of no less than 14 days.

    Employees who were not in contact with the individual may return to work sooner.

    Ketchikan Public Health officials have made contact with this individual and will continue to monitor his condition to ensure continued self-isolation.

    Public Health officials will initiate a contact investigation and reach out to any person who may have come into contact with this individual. Public Health will notify and isolate additional persons as appropriate.

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