Confirmed coronavirus infections in Alaska hit a new daily record of 77, but hospitalization rate remains low


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Alaska reported 77 new confirmed coronavirus infections in the state on Saturday – the highest number of daily cases since the start of the pandemic.

However, the state has not reported any new deaths. Seventeen Alaskans died from COVID-19, the highly infectious disease caused by the virus.

As reported by the state on Saturday, five other residents also fell ill enough with the virus to require hospitalization. A total of 85 Alaskans have been hospitalized since March.

The number of cases in Alaska has increased rapidly over the past month, but the state’s per capita hospitalization rate remains well below most other states and just 10% of those in the hardest hit states like California and Texas, according to the Covid Tracking Project. The death rate in Alaska is 2.3 per 100,000, the lowest of all states except Hawaii. Alaska also tests more people than many states.

However, officials here argue that the increase in the number of positive cases exceeds the state’s ability to quickly find contacts and could lead to more hospitalizations in the future.

Alaska’s chief medical officer, Dr. Anne Zink, noted on social media that almost 30% of the state’s total cases were reported last week.

The daily death toll from coronavirus in the United States increased this week after months of decline, as new patients overwhelmed hospitals in more sensitive states like Texas. The United States reported its highest infections on a single day on Thursday – more than 67,000 cases.

Alaska reported on Saturday 63 new cases among residents – nearly half in Anchorage – and 14 other non-residents, half of them in mines in the Delta Junction region, according to the COVID dashboard- 19 of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. The total includes 24 new cases among residents of the Fairbanks area, where an epidemic among employees of Fairbanks North Star Borough has resulted in the closure of the borough administrative building until Monday, when business is scheduled. you only. The borough announced on Saturday that a fifth employee had tested positive.

The state’s previous record was 60 cases, as reported on July 3 – 46 among residents and 14 among non-residents.

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It was not immediately known what explains the high number of daily cases on Saturday, whether the infected people showed symptoms at the time of the test or how sick they were. About 60% to 70% of recent positive tests involve people with symptoms, officials say.

Anchorage officials warned on Friday that many of the measures they use to monitor their ability to contain the virus are currently “yellow” or “red”, signaling concerns.

Health officials here say hospitalizations in the state may have increased more slowly than infection rates, since young people make up the majority of recent Alaska cases and tend to be less sick than older patients and those with underlying health conditions.

Hospital officials say Alaska’s health care capacity remains good, although they watch the number of escalations carefully and regularly meet the state’s top health officials.

The new cases reported by the state on Saturday are as follows: 29 in Anchorage and 1 in Chugiak; 1 in Seward and 1 in Soldotna; 23 at Fairbanks and 1 at the North Pole; 2 in the Yukon-Koyukuk census area; 1 in Houston, 1 in Palmer and 1 in a smaller Mat-Su community; 1 at Juneau; and 1 in Bethel.

The cases of non-residents are: 4 in Anchorage, including two visitors; 7 at Delta Junction, all minors; 1 to Nome; and 2 in the Bristol Bay and Lake and Peninsula boroughs.

There were 770 active COVID-19 infections in Alaska reported on Saturday, out of a total of 1,385 since March. A total of 273 non-residents tested positive in total.

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Hospital resources

7 day averages

Cases recovered across the state now total 598 cases, including 10 new cases registered on Friday, according to state officials. A total of 143,376 tests were performed. The average percentage of positive daily tests for the previous three days is 1.45%.

As of Friday, of the 63 Alaskan residents whose positive tests have been confirmed, 33 are men and 30 are women, according to state health data. Four are less than 10 years old; five are between 10 and 19 years old; 22 are in their twenties; 11 are in their thirties; nine are in their 40s; six are in their fifties; five are in their sixties; and one is 80 or older.

Alaska health officials continue to urge members of the public to maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet from the people with whom they do not live; wear a face covering in places where it is difficult to maintain a physical distance; wash your hands frequently; often cleans and disinfects frequently touched surfaces; stay at home if they feel sick; and have a COVID-19 test if they have symptoms of the disease.


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