State extends interstate travel mandate, provides update on rural capabilities

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Watch the replay of the Friday evening press conference on the Channel 2 News Facebook page or on KTUU.com.

State officials on Friday said they are extending the 14-day self-quarantine health mandate required for those participating in interstate travel.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy said early in the state's address that the state is lengthening Health Mandate 010. This mandate, requiring that two-week quarantine period, is being extended through June 2 for now, according to Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Adam Crum.

The health mandate surrounding intrastate travel, which limits travel within the state primarily to communities on the road and marine highway systems, is currently in effect until amended, superseded or suspended.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink also said various preparations are being made in rural areas so that those communities are ready in the event of a swing in coronavirus infections. Zink and a team went to several communities, including flying over several villages and towns, including Shishmaref, and visiting areas including Stebbins and Nome to hear from community members about what is and isn't in working in those areas.

Eight new testing machines to help support communities are being set up around the state, Zink said.

Additionally, Commissioner Julie Anderson of the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development spoke about the highly-anticipated distribution of CARES Act funds throughout Alaska. The governor had previously approved a committee's distribution setup of CARES Act funds specifically for small businesses on Monday, but the Legislature will convene to discuss early next week.

The Department of Health and Social Services on Friday reported one new coronavirus case in the state, which was reported within the Municipality of Anchorage. A nonresident seafood worker tested positive, DHSS said. Additionally, though not reflected on the DHSS website, a case was identified in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta following the testing and screening of passengers at the Bethel Airport.

The total cumulative case count is now up to 388, with 343 people reported as recovered.

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