It was not totally unexpected, we suppose, but the double-digit jump in reported COVID-19 cases is disconcerting.
With more businesses and offices opening in communities across the state, and more human contact, it seems logical there would be an increase in the number of reported cases as people begin moving around and coming into contact with one another. There were 13 new cases reported yesterday, the largest jump in quite a while.
The hope is that the increase will be relatively small and manageable. Alaskans can help make that a reality by continuing to maintain social distancing, wearing masks, washing their hands and exercising other precautions. We know those precautions work.
While we wait to see the effects of the reopening of the state, let us all do what we can to stay healthy.