FAIRBANKS, Alaska. (KTVF) On May 11, Governor Mike Dunleavy (R-AK) announced that Dr. Alexander Eastman, Senior Medical Officer from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will be making a tour through the state of Alaska to assess the state’s preparedness for COVID-19 coronavirus.
Dr. Eastman of the Department of Homeland Security (Courtesy of the Office of the Governor)
“There is the need to try and avoid making decisions from thousands of miles away,” said Dr. Eastman. “So the best way to figure out what exactly is going on here in Alaska, is to come here and work together.”
Dr. Eastman will be traveling around the state, visiting villages and towns. Dr. Eastman said during the press conference that they’ve been impressed with the state’s response to the pandemic.
“We’re here because Alaska is one of the 50 states, just like any other,” said Dr. Eastman. “It’s important and a vital part of America.”
Alaska is currently ranked first out of the 50 states as the lowest amount of confirmed cases of COVID-19, sitting at 381 according to the figures given by Dr. Anne Zink.
“Trying to get a comprehensive cross section is a way of putting it,” said Gov. Dunleavy. “We’ll debrief when the doctors get back later this week.”
When asked about bringing in Dr. Eastman from the Lower-48, Dr. Zink said that they are taking the proper procedures to assure the safety of the remote villages in Alaska.
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