COVID-19

According to data released by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Delta Junction has eight positive coronavirus cases as of Wednesday afternoon. Three of the cases are those that claim residency in Delta Junction and five are listed as nonresident cases.

The three active resident cases bring the total number of resident cases to six since virus tracking started at the beginning of the year. There are also two other active resident cases in the Southeast Fairbanks Census District that do not have locations associated with them. The total active cases in the census district is 10, with the other five being in Tok. The two cases that do not have specific locations are in areas with less than 1,000 residents.

Active nonresident cases for the census district total five, with all five being associated with Delta Junction. Attempts to clarify if the cases are associated with Pogo Mine or other work situations in the area received no response from the state.

Several businesses have adjusted operations recently as a result of changes in the local case numbers.

The Alaska Steakhouse has limited seating and has instituted other measures to help reduce the spread of the virus after a customer that tested positive for the virus was in the restaurant last week.

The IGA is requesting all customers to wear face masks when entering the store and is now requiring all employees to wear masks.

Wells Fargo is also requiring employees and customers to wear masks.

Interior Alaska Medical Center suggests that if you believe you may have been exposed, please remain at home and do not have guests over. Try to self-isolate within your home. Monitor yourself for symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath. If you notice any of these symptoms, please contact your health care provider.

If you believe you have been exposed and have no symptoms, please wait five to six days following possible exposure to be tested.

Everyone is encouraged to wear face masks and practice social distancing when with individuals other than those in your household.

Michael Paschall is the publisher of the Delta Wind and covers general news topics. He can be reached at news@deltawindonline.com.