A syphilis outbreak was first declared in 2018 when 114 cases were reported to state epidemiologists. By 2019, the state saw a 112% increase in cases with a majority of the cases being newly acquired and infectious.
AHD says if you were at F Street Station on July 10, you are advised to stay away from people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19. Watch to see if you have any symptoms and check your temperature twice a day for 14 days. If you develop any of these symptoms, stay home, except to get tested as soon as possible.
Thursday, Alaska health leaders explained that more cases of COVID-19 are being reported among younger demographics, and while young people generally have a lower risk of hospitalization or death from the virus, it's a shift DHSS is watching closely.
Only a small percentage of people are getting their results back after 72 hours, according to the department. DHSS provides some explanations of what could have happened and steps to take for those still waiting.
As local contact tracers have become overwhelmed with an increasing number of COVID-19 cases, the Anchorage Health Department has decided to release the names of businesses where COVID-19 cases were identified.
The municipality has 16,500 masks to give out but they will primarily be distributed through city partners like the Anchorage Public Transit, the Salvation Army, Catholic Social Services and Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center.
The Department of Health and Social Services is advising people who have visited two locations in Seward to get tested for COVID-19, citing concerns that patrons may have been exposed to two people who have now tested positive for the virus.