In the 24 hours that ended Friday night, no cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus were diagnosed in Alaska.
However, on Saturday Sitka Borough officials announced that a person at a long-term care center had contracted the illness. The person, who lives in the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Long Term Care facility was taken to Mount Edgecumbe Medical Center and isolated.
The likelihood is if that person has tested positive, there are others in the community that will test positive as well. The case will be included in Sunday’s state report.
All of the other residents of the care facility have been tested and an investigation is underway to identify the source of the virus, the borough said.
Health officials will isolate additional people if needed, according to the statement.