3 more cases of coronavirus confirmed in Alaska
In a press conference held Tuesday night Governor Dunleavy announced that 3 more cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Alaska. 1 additional case in Fairbanks, 1 case in Anchorage, and 1 case in Ketchikan.
All of these cases are confirmed to be travel related and not from community spread. This is in addition to the 2 cases announced by Fairbanks Memorial Hospital yesterday. According to FMH's press release that was sent out on March 17, the third case was self-isolated prior to testing. The patient was tested at First Care, is in stable condition and does not require hospitalization.
“It is important for the community to take precautions against spread of the virus.” said Shelley Ebenal, CEO of Foundation Health Partners. “You must self-isolate if you are experiencing any symptoms, such as a fever or cough. If these symptoms include shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, please call your health care provider. It is important to exercise proper hand washing and sanitizing.”
Dr. Anne Zink also stated that as of 5PM AKST tomorrow, Wednesday March 18th, 2020 all restaurants, bars, breweries and beverage kiosks are being asked to close dine-in service to patrons.
Dunleavy went on to discuss the latest health mandates for the State of Alaska along with reassurance from the legislature that they are working to address the economic concerns raised by this outbreak of COVID-19.
This is a developing story and we will keep you updated as more information becomes available.