Governor Michael J. Dunleavy – Press Briefing on COVID-19
April 29, 2020 5 pm
Starts Friday, April 24, 2020
On April 22 Governor Dunleavy announced Health Mandate 016 which outlines Phase 1 of his Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan. Phase 1 of the Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan, seeks to balance the ongoing need to maintain diligent efforts to slow and disrupt the rate of infection with the corresponding critical need to resume economic activity in a reasonable and safe manner.
Four new cases of COVID-19 reported in two Alaska communities
April 29, 2020 ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) today announced four new cases of COVID-19 in two communities: Anchorage (2) and Eagle River (2). This brings the total case count to 355.
This reflects data from 12:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on April 28 that posted at noon today on the DHSS Coronavirus Response AK COVID-19 Cases and Testing Dashboard.
Of the new cases, all four are male. Two are aged 20-29; one is aged 30-39; and one is aged 50-59. There have been a total of 36 hospitalizations and nine deaths with no new hospitalizations or deaths reported yesterday. The number of hospitalizations was reduced by one as a result of data verification efforts that identified a person who was incorrectly categorized as being hospitalized. Recovered cases now total 240, including 12 new recovered cases recorded yesterday.
Questions about COVID-19?
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Epidemiological Surveillance: Efforts continue as new cases are identified from labs. Case counts continue to increase, however the rate of increase has slowed. Laboratory: Statewide Case Count totals: 351 positive/228 recovered/37 hospitalized/9 deaths. * A total of ~16,000 tests have been conducted within the state. * includes 1 Alaska resident located in WA state.
Blood Bank: Blood Bank of Alaska is requesting recovered COVID‐19 patients donate plasma; blood type O+/O‐ is the current “critical need”.
Distribution: Alaska has received multiple shipments from the Strategic National Stockpile to date. Additional supplies have been secured via the private‐sector within the state. Efforts continue to strengthen existing stores of personal protective equipment.