As new coronavirus cases push statewide number up to 133, state announces economic stabilization plans

This is the first positive COVID-19 case in Washington County. (CDC)
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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) — The state announced Tuesday another rise in confirmed coronavirus cases across Alaska, with 14 new positive tests recorded. This brings the state total to 133.

Nine people total have been hospitalized with complications of coronavirus as well, up from seven cumulatively the day before. A total of more than 4,600 tests have thus far been performed in Alaska.

Two of the 14 new positive cases are considered travel-related, including a case in Kenai. Also included in the 14 new cases are ones added from the City and Borough of Juneau, which earlier in the day announced four more confirmed cases, bringing Juneau's total to nine. A case out of Prudhoe Bay was also announced by BP Alaska on Tuesday.

DHSS Commissioner Adam Crum said in a statement Tuesday night that the confirmed case on the North Slope is an Alaskan resident who had recently traveled out of state.

The individual returned to Alaska prior to the March 23 statewide mandate requiring anyone traveling into Alaska from out of state to undergo a 14-day quarantine. Crum says the individual traveled to the North Slope on March 25, began displaying symptoms within two days of arriving, and was tested and placed into quarantine.

The total breakdown of the new cases includes two positive tests out of Anchorage, two out of Eagle River, five out of Fairbanks, and four out of Juneau with one out of Kenai, as mentioned above.

The increase marks a rise since Monday, when there were 119 cases statewide, with seven confirmed hospitalizations. The three recorded deaths include the passing of a longtime Petersburg resident who succumbed to complications of the virus in Washington State.

Following sweeping health mandates that were enacted statewide last week, the state announced Tuesday that certain fees and fines within specific departments, including the Departments of Health and Social Services, Administration, Commerce, Labor, and Revenue, will be suspended through May 11, 2020. For example, license, boat and vehicle registration fees are suspended. Businesses and professional license fees are being deferred. The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority will also back businesses with existing lines of credit through any lending institution in Alaska so that they are able to apply for loan increases of up to $1 million dollars.

To read the health and economic stabilization mandates in full, click here.

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