Health officials identified 10 new cases of COVID-19 in Alaska Sunday, bringing the statewide total to 32. Seven of the new cases are in Anchorage, two in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and one in Juneau.
In a news release, State epidemiologist Joe McLaughlin said at least two of the Anchorage cases were not clearly related to travel. “This indicates that community transmission of COVID-19 appears to be occurring in the Anchorage area,” McLaughlin said.
According to the news release, all of the patients are adults and none are hospitalized. They are isolating at home and their close contacts are being asked to quarantine for two weeks.
The Section of Epidemiology is investigating these cases in cooperation with Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson and the Anchorage Health Department, according to the news release.
COVID-19 cases have now been identified in eight Alaska communities; Anchorage, Fairbanks, Ketchikan, Seward, Sterling, Soldotna, Juneau and the Mat-Su Borough.
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