One new death, 14 cases of COVID-19 identified in Alaska

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) The Department of Health and Social Services reported one new death along with 14 discovered cases of the novel coronavirus today in four Alaska communities. The most recent cases were detected in Anchorage (4), Fairbanks (7), Juneau (2) and Seward (1), bringing the total case count in Alaska to 185.

The person who died is a 71-year-old Anchorage resident who acquired the infection outside of Alaska, tested positive on March 28 and had been hospitalized in state, according to the DHSS press release.

“We express our condolences to the family and loved ones of the Anchorage resident who died and is included in our case count today. Our thoughts are with them,” said DHSS Commissioner Adam Crum in the press release.

One of the Anchorage cases was from a staff member at the McLaughlin Youth Center within the DHSS Division of Juvenile Justice.

"Regarding the situation at McLaughlin, please know DJJ is working closely with state and local public health officials to ensure that MYC residents, staff and anyone who may have been in contact with this positive case is aware of this situation and knows what we plan to do.” Crum added.

All DJJ facilities run 24-hours a day and operations cannot cease and all employees cannot be sent home to telecommute, according to the press release.

Additional measures are being taken, including "bringing in state and local public health officials to assist with testing and contact investigations. prioritized testing for staff and clients and sending home staff members from the affected unit who likely had contact with the individual who tested positive."

The data reflects the numbers reported to coronoavirus.alaska.gov at noon today.