Tracking COVID-19 in Alaska: 1 death, 447 new cases reported Saturday – Anchorage Daily News

Alaska on Saturday reported one death and 447 brand-new cases of COVID-19, according to the Department of Health and Social Services COVID-19 control panel.

The states testing positivity rate continued to rise and on Friday reached 7.3% over a seven-day rolling average. A positivity rate over 5% can show high community transmission and insufficient screening, health authorities have stated.

Amongst neighborhoods smaller than 1,000 individuals that are not called to safeguard personal privacy, there were 23 resident cases in the Bethel Census Area; 4 in the Nome Census Area; three in the Bristol Bay plus Lake and Peninsula boroughs; two in the Northwest Arctic Borough; 2 in the Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area; one in the northern Kenai Peninsula Borough; and one in the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

Saturdays daily brand-new case tally of 447 is the second-highest since the pandemic began, and follows more than a month of triple-digit everyday increases, including a record 526 cases reported last Sunday.

There were also 7 nonresident cases reported Saturday: 3 in Anchorage, one in Fairbanks, one in Dillingham, one in the Bristol Bay plus Lake and Peninsula boroughs and one classified as unidentified.

An Anchorage guy in his 70s passed away with the infection, the state health department said. In total, 82 Alaskans with the virus have actually passed away considering that the start of the pandemic, and Alaskas death rate per capita stays amongst the most affordable in the country.

Of the new cases, it wasnt clear the number of clients were showing symptoms of the virus when they checked favorable. While people might get evaluated more than when, each case reported by the state health department just represents a single person.

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Of the 440 brand-new resident cases reported by the state Saturday, there were 229 in Anchorage, plus eight in Eagle River, 4 in Chugiak and one in Girdwood; 35 in Fairbanks; 20 in Kenai; 14 in Chevak; 12 in Wasilla; 11 in Juneau; 10 in Bethel; 10 in Soldotna; 8 in Palmer; 8 in Kodiak; 5 in Kotzebue; four in Sterling; 4 in North Pole; 3 in Nikiski; 3 in Sitka; 2 in Homer; two in Utqiagvik; 2 in Hooper Bay; one in Valdez; one in Anchor Point; one in Seward; one in Delta Junction; one in Tok; one in Willow; one in Douglas; one in Ketchikan; and one in Petersburg.

A record 76 individuals were hospitalized with the virus in Alaska since Saturday, plus 18 people were hospitalized with suspected cases of COVID-19, according to state information.