Seven new cases of COVID-19 detected in five Alaska communities

    March 21, 2020 ANCHORAGE — In addition to three new cases in Ketchikan, there are new cases in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Sterling and Soldotna.

    The Department of Health and Social Services said the Soldotna and Anchorage cases were both travel related.  They are investigating the cause of transmission in the other new cases.

    None of the people have been hospitalized.

    State Epidemiologist Dr. Joe McLaughlin said all of the patients are isolating themselves at home and are in self-quarantine for 14 days, "Our thoughts go out to these people, their families, and their communities.  All of these individuals are being conscientious and cooperating fully with public health officials."

    McLaughlin urged Alaskans who feel even mild symptoms to go home and stay away from others.

    Travelers arriving from outside Alaska are asked to quarantine for 14 days.

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