Governor Dunleavy issues health mandates 9 and 10, details first cases of community spread of novel coronavirus
During another press conference updating Alaskans about the COVID-19 situation, Governor Dunleavy said that Alaska now has 36 total cases, with 4 cases of confirmed community spread. The governor thanked the healthcare professionals in the State of Alaska, and said that they were the ones on the frontlines of this crisis.
The governor maintained the air of positivity he has frequently conveyed during conferences since the outbreak of the virus in the state, however, he also mentioned that some Alaskans were going to get sick, and that some would die.
He also reiterated points about social and economic changes which would befall the state and implored Alaskans to help stimulate the economy by continuing to purchase locally, and for businesses which are able to hire to do so.
Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Adam Crum followed the governor, announcing the 9th and 10th mandates set to go into effect over the next two days. The 9th mandate extended the ceasing of operations for personal care facilities to the entire state of Alaska, where it had previously been limited to the Fairbanks North Star and Ketchikan Gateway Boroughs. It also banned gatherings of more than 10 people.
Health mandate number 10 imposes a mandatory quarantine for anyone coming into Alaska from domestic or international travel, and that businesses and employees of critical infrastructure must put into place a plan detailing how they would avoid the spread of COVID-19. Failure to adhere to mandate 10 carries with it a fine of $25,000, or no more than one year of prison, or both.
Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer, then detailed the new cases in Alaska. Of the 10 cases discovered on Sunday, 4 of which had “no clear source, and are considered community cases.” This marks the first confirmed instance of community spread within the state.
More information as it becomes available.