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Alaska COVID-19 numbers surge as DHSS announces 27 new cases of coronavirus in one day

 A press conference will be held later in the day on Sunday to discuss the spike in cases. We will keep our readers informed as more information is revealed. (AP Images)
A press conference will be held later in the day on Sunday to discuss the spike in cases. We will keep our readers informed as more information is revealed. (AP Images) (KTVF)
Published: May. 31, 2020 at 2:37 PM AKDT
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On Sunday, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) announced 27 new cases of COVID-19. 12 cases were from Anchorage, four from Wasilla, three from Kenai, three from Eagle River, two from Homer, and one from Soldotna, the Kenai Peninsula Borough, and Anchor Point apiece.

12 of the 27 new cases come from a cluster at the Providence Extended Care Center, a long-term care facility for seniors. Most of the cases are residents, while some are caregivers.

Despite the large volume of cases, none of them have resulted in any new deaths or hospitalizations as of 11:59 p.m. on Saturday.

"We believe a caseload of 27 is manageable," Governor Mike Dunleavy said. "We are not having this press conference because we are overly concerned, this is our largest number so far, but we are in the process of understanding it.

Of the new cases, 14 are male and 13 are female. Four are aged of 10-19; five aged 20-29; three are aged 30-39; three are aged 40-49; three are aged 50-59; four are aged 60-69; two are aged 70-79; and three are aged 80 or older.

This brings Alaska’s total number of cases to 460, with a total of 368 recovered cases.

A nonresident case has been identified in a seafood industry worker in the Dillingham Census Area. Additionally, a press release issued by DHSS on Sunday notes that, “After further investigation, the Homer case reported for May 29 has been determined to be in a visitor, not a resident of Alaska, so it has been subtracted from the total Alaska case count and added to the nonresident case total.”

"Almost all of the seafood processing cases that we have had so far have been from people who are still in their quarantine, so they are not people who have been interacting with the community," said. Dr. Anne Zinke, Chief Medical Officer of the Department of Health and Social Services.

There has been a total of 21 nonresident cases of COVID-19 in Alaska.

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