It is CRNA’s intent to share regional case density. This number reflects positive cases in the region, resident and nonresident.
Regional COVID case information we report is based on collective positive tests from CRNA, CRHM, and MSTC. The information also includes positive cases tested outside the region but known to be quarantining within our region.
In case reporting regional data will look different from state data for several reasons.
First, operating on a large scale inevitably adds lag time to state reporting. CRNA, CRHM, and MSTC are reporting numbers at close of business that may not yet be reported by the state.
Second, State data is reported using a patient’s home address, whether or not the person currently resides at that address. Factors such as this make it tricky to assign COVID positive numbers to rural communities.
Additionally, Keep in mind:
- There are people who reside in our region who test positive and are quarantining in our region
- There are people who test positive outside our region but are quarantining in our region
- There are people who test positive in our region, spent significant time here, but are now quarantining outside our region
- There are people who reside outside our region, were tested in our region and are quarantining outside our region
The State of Alaska has determined that we may not publicize positive case location information for communities with populations less than 1,000. From the State of Alaska:
“Alaska resident cases are reported by place of residence, and includes Alaskan residents diagnosed and isolated out-of-state. Non-resident cases are reported by place of diagnosis. Communities with fewer than 1000 residents are combined at the borough/census area level to protect patient privacy. Counts by residency status and place are subject to change as additional information is collected during case investigations.” Source: https://coronavirus-response-alaska-dhss.hub.arcgis.com/
Regardless of number, the reality for our communities is that multiple cases of COVID19 are present and increasing. CRNA encourages members of the public to wear mask, practice good hand hygiene and social distance. If a person believes they have been exposed to COVID19 it is important to limit social contact and get tested.