Copper Valley Surge Continues. Two Weeks Ago We Had 52 Cases. Now We Have 67.

15 Locals Struck With Covid-19 In Only Two Weeks As Cases Grow All over America there's been a recent dramatic rise in coronavirus cases...

15 Locals Struck With Covid-19 In Only Two Weeks As Cases Grow

All over America there's been a recent dramatic rise in coronavirus cases. As of October 16th, 2020, 14 states hit record numbers of cases. Two states hit record numbers of deaths. By Friday, a week later, the US had 82,900 recorded cases — in one day. Records were being set everywhere. All over America, small cities and isolated roadside towns, especially in more rural states, were running out of beds.  It was the highest number of cases ever. In Alaska there has been a big and consistent spike with ever growing statewide numbers - over 200 total new Alaskan cases every day for weeks. The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta is engulfed with Covid, seemingly following the basic patterns we saw earlier on the faraway Navajo reservation. Here in the Copper Valley there's also been a sudden surge. In the two weeks leading up to Friday, October 23rd, we racked up 15 more people who were struck ill.  Ten people got sick in the week of the 16th. And then, five more were found ill locally during the next week. 


The Copper Valley, which had been plugging away at a slow rate since it began to accumulate Covid-19 cases in July, went through a short reprieve for a number of weeks -- with no new cases.
 


 
By Friday, October 16th, the community made a sudden and dangerous jump. The confirmed number of cases in the Copper Valley suddenly leaped 10 people – from 52 to 62 – in only 7 days according to Copper River Native Association (CRNA) tabulations, compiling tests taken at Cross Road Medical Center, Mount Sanford Tribal Consortium and CRNA. 

Then, a week later, on Friday, October 23rd, CRNA reported that 5 more people had tested positive here in the past week. Now there were 67 known cases.
 
At the same time, the Copper River School District, faced with at least one child in 3rd to 5th grade with Covid-19, closed the Glennallen School for disinfecting on Wednesday and Thursday before reopening Glennallen School on Friday during the week of the 16th.
 
It isn't clear exactly what ages are becoming ill, what the triggering events are, or where in the region stricken people live.
 
Physicians throughout America have been warning that a resurgence of the virus has been on its way. They say that indoor activities and closeness lead to more illnesses. There is also concern that Americans are "tired of" the virus and are less vigilant. 
 
Note: An earlier version of this story inadvertently placed the letter "I" in the headline, which could have been thought to mean the numeral "1." The number of new cases in the Copper Valley is officially 15 new cases in the past two weeks, according to CRNA's computations and reports.
 
 
If you or your family need food, housing, or other non-medical assistance, please contact Alaska 2-1-1 (dial 211 or 800-478-2221) or your local emergency operations center for help. If you have a medical emergency call 911.
 
 

Related

COVID-19 NEWS 6812573001654815846

Too Far North: David Mudrick

Too Far North: David Mudrick
Click To See More Alaska Cartoons

Popular Posts

sign up for email alerts.

Write To The Country Journal

Name

Email *

Message *

Copper River Country

Copper River Country
Click To View Map Of The Valley

See Every Single Story

CLICK HERE: 2020 BEARFOOT Ebook

CLICK HERE: 2020 BEARFOOT Ebook
Sign Up To Advertise For 2021
item