Seward officials announced Wednesday that there has been a positive test confirmed for COVID-19. The individual is in their 20s and had been traveling out of the country and self-reported and self-isolated when mild symptoms appeared. The Alaska Department of Health & Social Services is interviewing the individual and contacting people who may have had interactions with the individual.
There are also two new cases confirmed in Anchorage on Wednesday. All three are isolating at home and have not required hospitalization.
With fishing and tourism seasons right around the corner, Seward draws a lot of seasonal workers, from across the state, country and internationally.
Health officials are encouraging employers to allow workers who are coming from out of state or out of the country to isolate for 14 days and monitor themselves for symptoms.
Anyone experiencing symptoms should immediately self-isolate at home and make arrangements to obtain groceries or other supplies, as necessary. Healthcare officials in Seward are reporting that they have adequate resources to address the current situation, but stress that it is important to call ahead if anyone thinks they need to be seen by a healthcare provider.
Recommended safety measures have not changed in the last few days. Stay home if at all possible. Run errands only when necessary and maintain a 6-foot distance when you are in public. And wash your hands before and after visiting a public location.