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.
Some legislative candidates are talking about using the Power Cost Equalization Fund as a source of revenue to bridge the state’s fiscal gap, and rural legislators are nervous the fund could be eliminated.
As COVID-19 case counts rise across the state, several regions are now on high alert after seeing drastic increases in community spread. Yet, State of Alaska officials seemed to have differing opinions about the need for concern regarding recent outbreaks of the disease.
Quickly cooling temperatures cause Alaska Native Medical Center to move COVID-19 testing inside for now. A winterized drive-thru solution is in the works for early November according to hospital officials.