3 more cases of coronavirus in Alaska, bringing total to 9 cases statewide

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTVF) Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Adam Crum and Alaska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink held a press conference Wednesday to announce that 3 more cases of coronavirus have been confirmed within the state of Alaska, bringing the total to 9 state wide.

2 new cases have been confirmed in Anchorage and 1 case in Seward. All of these new cases are considered travel related and were not contracted through community spread. One of the positive tests is a "younger individual" according to Zink.

If you are not feeling well or have traveled outside the state of Alaska the Department of Health is asking you to self-isolate and stay away from others for 14 days.

Zink highlighted the work that they are doing with local hospitals and care facilities in order to raise capacity and preparedness throughout the state.

She expressed concern about the lack of capacity in hospitals currently statewide and the importance of doing everything we can to flatten the curve of infection.

As always it is important to follow the guidelines set for travelers returning from out of state as well as everyday health procedures outlined by the CDC.

If you are at Medium Risk please take these precautions for travelers returning within 14 days from outside of Alaska (including the rest of the United States) you should:

- Discuss your work situation with your employer before returning to work.

- Minimize contact with people as much as possible, self-monitor and practice social distancing.

- This may mean not going to work or school if you cannot safely be distanced from others – especially if you traveled in a location where community transmission is occurring.

By taking these precautions as well as following previous guidance including regular hand washing, cleaning surfaces and avoiding large gatherings we can hopefully keep ourselves and each other safe and healthy.

This is a developing story. We will keep you updated as more information becomes available about possible transmission points in the community and the potential for more cases.

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