Data are provisional and change frequently. For April 4 (12 a.m. until 11:59 p.m.), DHSS is reporting one new death from COVID-19 and 14 new cases of the disease in: Anchorage (4), Fairbanks (7), Juneau (2)
and Seward (1). This brings the total case count in Alaska to 185. This data was posted on our case count page at noon today.
The person who died is a 71-year-old Anchorage resident who acquired the infection outside of Alaska, tested positive on March 28 and had been hospitalized in state. The patient had preexisting health conditions.
Watch the video below for Dr. Zink’s short update on the cases. Dr. Zink, Commissioner Crum and DHSS express condolences to the family and loved ones of the individual who died and to all of those affected by these losses. Please stay safe and take care of each other.
Also of note today is that one of the Anchorage cases is a staff member at the McLaughlin Youth Center (MYC) within the DHSS Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). Since learning of the positive test result, DJJ Director Tracy Dompeling has been in close contact with the Alaska Section of Epidemiology and the Anchorage Health Department to facilitate contact investigations. DJJ is implementing all recommended and necessary protective measures for both staff and residents.
Read the press release for more details at http://dhss.alaska.gov/News/Documents/press/2020/DHSS_PressRelease_NewCasesMYC_20200405.pdf
Visit coronavirus.alaska.gov for more information about #COVID19 in Alaska.