COVID-19 Coronavirus Information

As we continue to closely monitor, and work to control, the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019, known as COVID-19, you can stay up-to-date on the latest information regarding the disease here on this page. The links below include information about the disease and preventative measures you can take to stop the spread of germs.

Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that can cause a range of symptoms including a runny nose, cough, sore throat and fever. Some are mild, such as the common cold, while others are more likely to lead to pneumonia. They're usually spread through close contact with an infected person. Four coronavirus types (229E, NL63, OC43 and HKU1) account for 10-30 percent of common colds every year.

It’s important to remember that all issues impacting public health should be taken seriously, and only reliable sources should be trusted. Throughout this process, I encourage everyone to seek out reputable sources. We all must work to ensure that we are spreading facts, not fear.  

I understand that the outbreak of COVID-19 is stressful for many people and is causing fear and anxiety. I know that it can be overwhelming. Make sure to manage your anxiety and stress, the CDC provides helpful advice on stress and coping.

COVID-19 Stop the Spread of Germs


What the public can do to prepare?

  • As of March 15, the CDC, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States. Read full recommendation.

  • For organizations that serve people who are at higher risk of serious COVID-19 illness, the CDC recommends canceling events for groups of 10 people or more.

  • The best way to prevent the transmission of respiratory infections, including COVID-19, is by practicing good hygiene.
    • Wash hands frequently, ideally with soap and warm water for 20 seconds.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Avoid close contact with sick persons (keep a distance of at least 6 feet).
    • Clean surfaces with an EPA-registered low/intermediate level disinfectant; use gloves and wash hands after cleaning.

If you are sick, cover your coughs/sneezes, self-isolate, and contact your health care provider.


Reliable and Relevant Resources:



Update from Alaska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink