Alaska Announces its First Coronavirus Case


Alaska Officials Announce First COVID-19 Case in State

State officials on Thursday announced the first confirmed novel coronavirus case in Alaska. The male patient arrived in Anchorage on a cargo flight and tested positive for the virus. He was taken to a local hospital where he was quarantined and was in stable condition.

According to Alaska’s chief medical officer, Dr. Anne Zink, the person was a foreign national who was transiting through the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

The man was said to have traveled to Alaska in the past 48 hours and had not been extensively interacting in the community. He developed the COVID-19 symptoms shortly after arriving in Anchorage on March 11 and contacted his physician before going to Alaska Regional Hospital for testing.

It was not immediately clear if the patient was a crew member or what was the status of the others on the cargo flight.

The coronavirus concerns have in the State of Alaska, and the US at large, led to the cancellation of events, suspension of travel, and also disrupted the economy.