Utqiaġvik area reports first positive COVID-19 case

    Utqiaġvik, Alaska (KINY) - The Arctic Slope Native Association reported on Wednesday the first COVID-19 case in the North Slope region.

    The person was identified through testing at Samuel Simmonds Memorial Hospital in Utqiaġvik and a rapid response team from SSMH is immediately traveling to the individual’s community to provide testing and support to residents.

    The DHSS Section of Epidemiology and Public Health Nursing is assisting with contact tracing.

    This case will be included in Thursday’s Alaska case count, which reports data for May 27.

    The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation announced a new case Tuesday as the third in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta region. In addition to working with DHSS Section of Epidemiology on the investigation, YKHC is sending a response team to provide screening and testing in the village where the individual lives.

    There have been a total of 46 hospitalizations and 10 deaths with one new hospitalization and no new deaths reported yesterday. Recovered cases now total 364, with two new recovered cases recorded yesterday. A total of 46,363 tests have been conducted.


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