I hate to say we told you so, but….

Courtesy of the Fairbanks Newsminer

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reported 27 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Sunday, marking the highest single-day case count since the virus hit Alaska in mid-March.

The largest previous single-day case report was 22 new cases reported April 7.

The 27 new cases reported Sunday afternoon bring the state total to 460 confirmed cases of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

Of the new cases, 12 are confirmed in residents of Anchorage, four in residents of Wasilla, three in residents of Kenai, three in residents of Eagle River, two in residents of Homer, one in a resident of Soldotna, one in a resident of Anchor Point, and one in a resident elsewhere in the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

Ten of the Anchorage cases were identified as stemming from one long-term care facility in the area, according to Anchorage health officials.

One new nonresident case was confirmed in a seafood industry work in the Dillingham Census Area. Additionally, the case reported May 29 in a Homer resident has been determined to be a visitor, not a resident of the state. The case has been subtracted from the total state case count and instead added to the nonresident case total, which now sits at 21, more than half of which are out-of-state seafood industry workers.

The group of newly confirmed cases comes just over one week after Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced the full reopening of Alaska’s businesses in an effort to revive the economy.

We are still the state with the lowest number of cases but that may not last much longer, and Montana is only 55  cases ahead of us. 

I am quite concerned that we are about to see a rather significant surge in the next couple of weeks and that it will result in a far more aggressive lockdown.