10 new COVID-19 cases reported at Brother Francis Shelter

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Testing at Anchorage’s Brother Francis Shelter has turned up 10 new cases of COVID-19, a spokeswoman for the city’s emergency operations center said Thursday.

The new cases bring the total number of infections at the shelter to 89 people so far. Operated by Catholic Social Services, Brother Francis Shelter has a maximum capacity to serve 114 people, most of them elderly, experiencing medical condition or mobility issues, or combination thereof. The latest infections indicate that the coronavirus outbreak has swept its way through the East Third Avenue shelter.

People with the virus are isolating or quarantining in an undisclosed location provided by the city.

Thirty-two people stayed at the shelter on Wednesday night, said Tricia Teasley, vice president of development and strategic communications for Catholic Social Services.