News from the Alaska State Legislature, the Office of Senator Giessel
For Immediate Release: March 12, 2020

Statement from Sen. Giessel on First COVID-19 Case in Alaska

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JUNEAU – Governor Mike Dunleavy today announced the first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Alaska.

In response, Senate President Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, an Advanced Nurse Practitioner, released the following statement.

“We will continue to do all we can to mitigate the spread of this virus. It’s critical Alaskans follow the expert advice of our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Anne Zink: Wash your hands, practice social distancing, and do not touch your face. Following these simple steps will reduce the strain on our healthcare facilities and ensure our most vulnerable populations receive the care they need.

“We appreciate the diligent work of Dr. Zink, Health Commissioner Crum and Governor Dunleavy and stand ready to support them.

“The Legislature is continuing to diligently focus on our priority work of passing a balanced budget. We’re also working closely with the governor to ensure adequate additional funding to support the state’s emergency response.”

The Alaska Legislature on Wednesday approved supplemental funding to combat the spread of COVID-19.

For more information, contact Senate Majority Communications Director Daniel McDonald at (907) 465-4066.

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