The Alaska State Capitol building in Juneau will close to the general public as of 5 p.m. Friday.
Trials currently in progress will still proceed, as will those scheduled in other parts of the state.
Canada has closed its ports to large cruise ships until July 1 in response to the spread of coronavirus. The restriction applies to vessels carrying 500 people or more.
Iditarod mushers will still be finishing on Front Street in Nome next week, but the city of Nome will not be hosting any festivities.
The board says they’re concerned about safety due to the COVID-19 virus.
The school district emailed parents Thursday evening saying they’re closing the school and cancelling all after-school activities and meetings as a precaution.
Organizers relied on advice from the state Department of Health and Social Services to postone the state’s high school basketball tournaments.
Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy and state health officials held a press briefing Thursday to announce the state’s first coronavirus case. Alaska’s chief medical officer called it a “presumptive positive,” meaning that the lab case will be sent to the CDC for confirmation.
The University of Alaska system is extending spring break, moving classes online and canceling gatherings in response to the spread of coronavirus.
The price of U.S. and global benchmarks are both below $40 per barrel. The COVID-19 pandemic is driving some of the recent decline, but prices were low even before the outbreak.