Alaska says 5 deaths from facility that had virus outbreak

Published: Aug. 19, 2021 at 4:53 PM AKDT
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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - An Alaska health department spokesperson says five residents of a state-supported elder-care facility in Ketchikan who had tested positive for COVID-19 died in the last week.

In response to a question on whether the deaths were COVID-19-related, Clinton Bennett said the state-supported Pioneer Homes do not determine the cause of death or see the death certificates of residents. But he said the five had tested positive for COVID-19.

There has been a COVID-19 outbreak at the Ketchikan Pioneer Home. Bennett declined to say if those who had died had been vaccinated, citing privacy.

The Pioneer Home system falls under the state health department.

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