Alaska confirms first presumptive case of coronavirus

Alaska confirms first presumptive case of coronavirus
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Alaska has confirmed its first presumptive case of the the novel coronavirus, Gov. Mike Dunleavy (R) announced Thursday.

The case is presumptive, meaning the patient has tested positive in state-administered tests but has yet to be confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The patient is a foreign national who was traveling through the state, Dunleavy said. He is not known to have had significant contact with others in the state. 


The patient is currently in quarantine in Anchorage after being discharged from the hospital. 

On Wednesday, Dunleavy issued a public health disaster declaration in anticipation of more cases that will potentially be confirmed in the state.

“This is not a surprise,” he said Thursday. “We expect more positives."

There are currently more than 1,700 confirmed cases in the U.S. and 40 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering.