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Gov. mandates closure of bars, restaurants to dine-in service, COVID-19 case total rises to 6

During a press conference today Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer, announced that all restaurants, bars, and breweries will be closed to dine-in service effective tomorrow March 18 at 5 p.m. Take out will still be permitted. They did not say how long the closure will be in effect.

Three more cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Alaska, bringing the total to six. The three latest positive tests were in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Ketchikan. This is the first positive case in Ketchikan, the second in Anchorage, and the third in Fairbanks.

Earlier today we did a story on the positive case in Ketchikan. According to the press release, the person in Ketchikan has a history of travel to the Lower 48. It’s not clear exactly when the person last traveled out-of-state. It’s also not yet clear if the two new cases in Anchorage and Fairbanks were the result of travel or were contracted in state. According to state officials, two were older and one was in their 20s.

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Last week it was announced that a cargo pilot traveling through Anchorage had tested positive. Last night it was announced that two people tested positive in Fairbanks. Both had recently traveled out-of-state.

This is a developing story. Stay tuned for more updates.

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