The department attributed the numbers to widespread community transmission, increased testing in areas and public health staff entering backlogged information. Gov. Mike Dunleavy says Alaska has entered an “acceleration phase,” but says this isn’t unexpected with people moving indoors with the change in seasons.
The Alaska Psychiatric Institute says the patients who were infected will be isolated in a separate unit away from other patients and treated by fewer staff to reduce the risk of further spread of the virus. The patients will be required to wear masks.