This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Photo courtesy NIAID-RML via AP.

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Photo courtesy NIAID-RML via AP.

Alaska has 2 new COVID-19 cases

“We are expecting more cases.”

  • Juneau Empire
  • Monday, March 16, 2020 10:27pm
  • News

Two new cases of COVID-19 in Alaska have been identified, officials said Monday night.

That brings the total number of cases in the state to three, according to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and the office of the governor.

The two patients are each from the Fairbanks area, according to office of the governor, and they do not require hospitalization. The newly identified cases do not seem to be from community-to-community spread because both of the individuals had been traveling in the lower 48.

“I want to commend Fairbanks Memorial Hospital for its response to these two cases,” said Gov. Mike Dunleavy in a release. “The preparation and training staff members have done not only in the recent weeks, but over the years has prepared them for today. We knew there would be cases in Alaska and over time we are expecting more cases.”

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