The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) confirmed the first death related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) within the Kenai Peninsula Borough. The Anchor Point resident who passed away had pre-existing underlying health conditions and tested positive for COVID-19 upon admittance to South Peninsula Hospital last week. This joint announcement will be included in the case count provided by DHSS on Wednesday May 06, 2020.
In a statement provided by Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce, “I wish to express my deepest condolences to the family and friends as they grieve the passing of their loved one. The loss experienced in Anchor Point is certainly a somber reminder that we must continue to practice the safeguards against spreading this disease.”
The patient was originally transported to the hospital by Anchor Point Fire & Emergency Services. Emergency personnel responded wearing the recommended personal protective equipment and adhered to protocols, ensuring proper decontamination of equipment and apparatus.
Public Health officials have contacted individuals that may have been exposed to the disease to offer instructions for preventing the spread of disease, including quarantine and getting tested if any COVID-19 symptoms present. Public Health Nurses will continue to follow up with contacts to monitor their condition.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough and City of Homer Unified Command partners are committed to keeping area residents informed about the importance of community preventative measures and the availability of local resources as together we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Borough-wide information can be found at covid19.kpb.us. City of Homer information is available at cityofhomer-ak.gov/covid19 or by calling the city’s information line at 435-3197, which is staffed Monday - Friday from 8am-5pm. Visit covid19.alaska.gov for statewide COVID-19 prevention mandates and case data.