Alaska has identified its first coronavirus case, a "foreign national" traveler, according to Gov. Mike Dunleavy.
The case is a presumptive positive case -- meaning the patient has tested positive in public health labs but is still pending final confirmation by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The patient is a foreign national who was “transiting through” the state, according to State Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink.
“My heart goes out to this individual, as they are suddenly here and getting this news and information far away from loved ones and family,” Zink said today.
Alaskan officials are not identifying the patient’s country of origin, but say the individual came to the state by plane and has been cooperative.
The governor sought to reassure residents of the state. “No reason to panic. No reason to get upset,” Dunleavy said.
Zink says they consider this “an isolated case,” although they are prepared to see more coronavirus cases in the future.
Officials say they currently know of no one else in danger from exposure to the patient.