NEW HEALTH MANDATES FROM STATE: CLOSING RESTAURANT
Ketchikan, Anchorage, and Fairbanks are the locations of new cases of coronavirus of coronavirus in Alaska. All cases are considered travel-related cases, with people who had traveled in the Lower 48.
Dr. Anne Zink, the chief medical officer for the state, took a previous advisory that says if you traveled within 14 days to a Level 3 country, home quarantine yourself for 14 days and made it a mandate.
Another health mandate statewide, effective March 18 at 5 pm, all bars, breweries, restaurant, food, kiosks, closed to dine in services. No on-site consumption is permitted.
The mandate does not include grocery stores but does include salad bars.
Zink said all Alaskans should minimize gatherings or being around other people in close settings.
The people with the virus are quarantined in their homes. Zink said 80 percent of those who get the virus will not need hospitalization, and so it’s best for them to stay at home.
Sen. Cathy Giessel, president of the Senate, said the Legislature stands with Gov. Dunleavy. “We stand with the governor in addressing the economic impact.”
Dunleavy asked Alaskans to take the issue more seriously. There is no vaccine. “We all need to do our part. This is a new virus. This is a virus that is easily spread. If you’re a young person you may not know that you have the virus,” he said. But he admonished young people to practice social distancing.