State officials to make coronavirus case projection announcement, detail new tools for Alaskans

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) Along with an update on coronavirus cases in Alaska, state officials discussed projections for the future and the latest in tools and equipment being used by local healthcare providers, starting at 5 p.m. on Thursday evening.

Alaska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink appeared by teleconference and Gov. Mike Dunleavy appeared in person. Their counts, they said, show the state of Alaska now has 151 reported cases of the new coronavirus, up from 143 the day before.

The revamped State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services case tracking site initially showed 147 total confirmed cases late Thursday afternoon. That's along with 13 hospitalizations cumulatively. It is not known how many people remain hospitalized.

DHSS did not immediately respond to a request for comment about a discrepancy in case numbers, specifically a rise in cases by eight but a total that had gone up by only four, though a change in DHSS data dissemination - from later in the day moved up to 12 p.m. - is a contributing factor.