For the first time in 40 days Alaska had no new cases of COVID-19 to report on April 25. There were also no additional hospitalizations and no new deaths to report for the period covering April 24.
The last day with no positive COVID-19 cases in Alaska was March 15.
“This is definitely a moment to celebrate but it doesn’t mean we can let our guard down,” said Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink. “As restrictions ease in Alaska, we’re counting on Alaskans to keep taking measures to prevent COVID-19 from spreading in our communities.
Zink said Alaska’s case counts are “continuing to trend down while testing is increasing. This is positive news, thanks to the hard work and sacrifices made by Alaskans.”
On April 26, the state reported just two new cases – one in North Pole and one in Sitka. Alaska now has 341 confirmed cases of COVID-19 – the lowest in the nation – with 217 confirmed recoveries. There have been 36 hospitalizations and nine Alaskans have died from the virus thus far.
On April 24, the state began phase one of opening most sectors of the economy. It will monitor case counts over the next two weeks to see if further restrictions on the economy and social activity can be lifted.