Fifth COVID-19 case identifed in Homer

May 17, 2020

    A fifth case of COVID-19 has been identified in the Homer area, according to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. It was one of four new cases in Alaskans announced over the weekend. The others were in Anchorage, Chugiak, and the Bethel area.

The new cases do not

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include newly discovered cases of COVID-19 in nonresidents, such as the one identified Friday in Dillingham or earlier in the week in Cordova. Nine such cases have been identified in non-residents in Alaska; four were seafood workers, two were visitors, two airline employees and one was in mining. The governor announced last week that he is extending the 14-day self-quarantine mandate for all new arrivals to Alaska.

Of the four new Alaskan cases of COVID-19, three are male and one is female. Their ages were not given. They bring the total Alaska case count to 392. Of those, 344 have recovered, 43 have needed hospitalization, and 10 have died, including one at South Peninsula Hospital. 

Statewide, a total of 33,281 coronavirus tests have been given. As of Friday, the number of tests administered locally was 640.