Updates [April 15th] - P.O.W. Report

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Updates [April 15th]

This report was released yesterday evening and this one new case in Craig is the second confirmed case that we've known for a couple of days now. 

Five Alaska communities were impacted by positive test results during this reporting period.

April 14, 2020 ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) today announced one new death and 5 new cases of COVID-19 in five Alaska communities – Anchorage (4), Girdwood (1), Wasilla (1), Juneau (1) and Craig (1). This brings the total case count in Alaska on April 13 to 285.

These new cases were reported from 12:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on April 13 and reflect data posted at noon today on coronavirus-response-alaska-dhss.hub.arcgis.com.

This person who died was a 33-year-old female from Wasilla who had preexisting conditions. The person was reported as a new case on April 8. She died in an Anchorage hospital on April 12 and her death was reported a day later to DHSS. This brings the total deaths in Alaska related to COVID-19 to nine.

“Our thoughts today are with this individual, her friends and family and also with the health care providers who cared for her,” said Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink. “This is a reminder that sometimes young people also have underlying health issues that puts them at higher risk of contracting and dying from COVID-19. We know it’s getting harder for Alaskans to continue to stay home and keep maintaining distance from others but this is critically important to prevent the loss of life, to protect our health care infrastructure and to help us recover faster once we are able to lift our current health restrictions.”

Of the new cases, four are male and four are female. Four are aged 20-29; three are aged 30-39; and one is aged 40-49. There have been 32 total hospitalizations and nine deaths.

Governor Dunleavy Announces Suspension of State Statutes, Regulations

April 14, 2020 (Anchorage, AK) – Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy today announced the suspension of certain regulations and statutes to provide relief to individuals and businesses impacted by COVID-19.

The COVID-19 Disaster Order of Suspension No. 2 Appendix A – Amendment 3 suspends certain regulations and statutes within the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development to allow for the curbside pickup of alcohol from restaurants, breweries, distilleries, and retail stores, as well as the delivery of sealed beer and wine from restaurants with food orders. Appendix A – Amendment 3 further suspends certain regulations and statutes within the Department of Administration and the Department of Education and Early Development.

“Alaska’s hospitality industry is a robust and significant pillar of our state’s economy. By allowing for the curbside pickup of food and drink from our restaurants and the additional delivery of beer and wine with food orders, we are able to provide some relief to Alaskan business owners while upholding our social distancing health mandates,” said Governor Mike Dunleavy. “My administration will continue to monitor the COVID-19 impacts within our state and seek ways to reopen Alaska’s economy as appropriate.”


On March 31, 2020, Governor Dunleavy signed the COVID-19 Disaster Order of Suspension No. 2. This action suspended certain fees and fines within the Department of Health and Social Services, Department of Administration, Department of Commerce, Department of Labor, and the Department of Revenue through May 11, 2020 unless otherwise noted.

Governor Dunleavy, with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, in March announced COVID-19 Health Mandate 003 on Statewide Closure of Restaurants, Bars, and Entertainment, and COVID-19 Health Mandate 011 on Social Distancing. 

The Governor’s COVID-19 Health Mandates can be found here.
For the latest information on Alaska’s response to COVID-19, please visit https://covid19.alaska.gov/

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