Gov. Mike Dunleavy is holding a press convention at 5 p.m. right this moment to speak concerning the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He’ll be joined by Division of Well being and Social Companies commissioner Adam Crum, the state’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink, Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Joe McLaughlin and Public Well being Director Heidi Hedberg.
Within the seven months that the COVID-19 pandemic has unfold by means of Alaska, things have changed rapidly.
There have been 12,644 circumstances of COVID-19 amongst Alaska residents and people who find themselves visiting within the state; 68 Alaskans have died. The state has had outbreaks in fish vegetation, homeless shelters, the Anchorage Pioneer Residence and jails. 4 members of Dunleavy’s administration have examined constructive just lately. In Juneau, 17% of businesses say they’re in danger of closing.
And, whereas the virus has but to take off in Alaska because it has within the Decrease 48, it’s spreading quickly. There have been greater than 100 new circumstances of COVID-19 recognized every day for practically a month. Almost each area within the state is at a excessive alert stage.
It has been greater than a month since Dunleavy has held a press convention.
Typically, through the appearances and at city corridor conferences, members of Dunleavy’s administration have updates on the variety of folks within the state with confirmed circumstances, introduced public well being mandates and defined the administration’s technique and rationale.
They’ve imposed a number of public well being mandates which have reshaped each day life throughout Alaska to fight the unfold of the virus. These mandates and different Alaska-specific COVID-19 assets and knowledge can be found at coronavirus.alaska.gov.
The press convention might be streamed dwell right here and on the Governor’s Facebook web page.