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Anticipating COVID-19 outbreak, Governor Dunleavy declares public health disaster emergency

March 11, 2020 – News

Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy today issued a declaration of public health disaster emergency in response to the COVID-19 anticipated outbreak. The declaration initiates a unified command structure between the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, and the Department of Public Safety, and fully engages state departments to utilize all capabilities to ensure a swift and effective coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response.

“Alaska still does not have any confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease; however, by issuing this disaster declaration, we are taking a proactive approach to accessing all necessary resources. As we are faced with the potential to have confirmed cases in Alaska, the state will elevate its response and bring to bear every element of state government needed to address this serious illness,” said Governor Mike Dunleavy.

To read the full press release from the Office of the Governor, go here: http://bit.ly/2IGAvAs