Anchorage, Alaska (KTVF) Alaska Governor Mike J. Dunleavy confirmed on Thursday afternoon Alaska’s first case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The governor affected a calm, cool tone, saying that “we mentioned that eventually Alaska’s going to get a case of COVID-19...we’ve had our first case identified today as a positive.”
“Again, this is no surprise,” the governor went on. “This is nothing extraordinary.” The governor praised Alaska’s long run without any cases. “It was just a matter of time,” the governor said. “No reason to panic, no reason to get upset. We’re going to have more cases as time goes on,” he went on, stating that Alaska is prepared to deal with the situation.
According to Dr. Anne Zink, Chief Medical Officer for the State of Alaska, the person who tested positive was a foreign national who had been traveling internationally prior to coming to Alaska. “[The person] had just very recently come to Alaska, had vey little exposure in Alaska, and had monitored themselves; got tested appropriately, and had been in complete isolation since that time,” said Zink.
More information will provided as it becomes available.
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