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Alaska: Latest updates on coronavirus

Live Science logo Live Science 4/8/2020 Rachael Rettner
a train covered in snow with a mountain in the background: The skyline in Anchorage, Alaska. © Provided by Live Science The skyline in Anchorage, Alaska.

Last updated on Wednesday, April 8 at 6:20 p.m. E.T.

Alaska has 226 confirmed of COVID-19 and seven deaths as of Wednesday (April 8), according to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. 

This puts Alaska near the bottom of the list of states for the most U.S. coronavirus cases.

Alaska labs have conducted more than 6,900 tests for COVID-19 as of Tuesday (April 7).

On Friday (April 3), the Alaska Department of Health recommended that Alaskans make their own cloth face coverings and wear them in public settings, such as at the grocery store.

On March 27, officials issued a mandate that prohibits travel between communities in the state except for critical personal needs (including buying groceries) or working critical infrastructure jobs, according to a statement from Governor Mike Dunleavy. The mandate started on March 28 at 8:00 am, and will be reevaluated on April 11.

Starting March 25 all people arriving in Alaska will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days, according to a new mandate from Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy.

Residents of Anchorage have been ordered to "hunker down" starting 10:00 pm March 22 through Tuesday, March 31, according to Anchorage Daily News. Under the order, people should stay at home as much as possible, except to work critical jobs, get groceries or other important goods, receive or deliver health care or get fresh air without contacting others.

On March 20, Dunleavy announced that all public and private schools would be closed through May 1, according to a statement from Dunleavy's office. (Previously, officials said that public schools would be closed to students from March 16 to March 30.)

On March 19 Officials issued an order requiring the postponement of elective surgical procedures for three months, and elective or non-urgent dental procedures (such as teeth cleanings) for one month.

Starting March 18 at 5 p.m., all restaurants, bars, breweries and cafes will be prohibited from offering dine-in service; and all theaters, gyms, fitness centers, bowling alleys and bingo halls will close, according to Anchorage Daily News.

On March 16, Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy announced that all libraries, museums and archives will be closed to the public from March 17 through March 31.

Cases by region:

  • Anchorage: 103
  • Gulf Coast: 13
  • Interior: 73
  • Mat-Su: 5
  • Southeast: 30
  • Southwest: 1
  • Unknown: 1

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