First death in the state due to coronavirus confirmed

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska According to a press release from the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, a patient died Friday due to complications after contracting Novel Coronavirus.

The press release went on to say:

"A patient seen for an unrelated reason was tested for COVID-19 at Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC) on March 23, 2020. The state laboratory reported the positive result for the virus on March 25. At that time, the patient was doing well, following self-isolating protocol in their residence. On March 25, the ANMC Emergency Department was notified that the patient’s condition was deteriorating rapidly, and advised the patient to return to the hospital. Upon arrival, the staff were ready to place the patient in immediate isolation to decrease exposure to staff or patients.

After admission to ANMC’s negative pressure unit the patient passed away today. Our condolences go out to our patient’s family and loved ones. We also extend our appreciation to our staff who cared for this person and provided support and comfort to the family.

To the rest of our community, please follow the state’s guidelines and stay home and practice social distancing. The help of each of us is needed to slow the spread and flatten the curve. The best way to prevent the spread of infection is to avoid being exposed. "

We will have more on this story as information is available.

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