While prisons in other states like Ohio, where over 4,300 inmates test positive, have become hotbeds for the virus, Alaska still only has one inmate case.
The statewide union that represents correctional officers is still waiting for more information from the Department of Corrections after asking for help finding temporary housing for officers.
Police around Alaska are under temporary, coronavirus-related orders to not jail anyone on misdemeanor charges except for domestic violence or stalking.
“Social distancing in a correctional setting is a challenge, but we’re really doing the best that we can,” Corrections spokeswoman Sarah Gallagher said.
Alaska’s Corrections commissioner has canceled an upcoming Father’s Day event at a correctional center near Wasilla, upsetting some families of inmates.