COVID-19

Health officials have announced three new positive tests for the corona virus in Seward in the past two days. One new case was reported for Wednesday, and two for Thursday. These three cases bring the total number of cases associated with Seward residents to seven. Only the tree most recent cases are considered active.

Last week a Seward resident tested positive at another location and was quarantined at the location. The location or when the last time the individual was in Seward has not been released. That cases is considered a Seward case because the individual is considered a resident of Seward.

Southcentral Alaska has seen a significate rise in the number of positive results for residents as the state has begun reopening to travel. Other parts of the Kenai Peninsula Borough have seen almost daily reports of new cases.

According to the City of Seward, the two cases reported for yesterday are considered to be close contacts.

Following Friday’s announcement of the positive test results from Thursday, the state has recommended testing for individuals that might have been in the Seward Ale House or the Yukon Bar at the same time the infected individuals were in those establishments. According to the state, anyone in the Seward Alehouse on Sunday, June 21 or Tuesday, June 23 between noon and 7 p.m. or on Monday, June 22 from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. should make arrangements to be tested. Anyone in the Yukon Bar anytime on Tuesday, June 23 should be tested.

Testing is available at the Seward Community Health Center daily except for Sunday. On June 27, testing will be offered from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. and other days from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Call the center at (907) 224-2273 for more information on testing or if you are experience symptoms of the COVID-19 disease.

  • Symptoms include
  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Emergency warning signs for COVID-19are:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

If someone is showing any of these signs, call 911 or seek emergency medical care immediately.

Michael Paschall is the publisher of the Seward Journal and covers general news topics. He can be reached at news@sewardjournal.com.

Publisher

Michael Paschall is publisher of the Seward Journal and president of TriDelta, Incorporated Publishing, owners of the Seward Journal.