COVID-19 follow-up in Alaska: 215 new cases reported Sunday, no new deaths

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The state reported 215 new cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths on Sunday, according to the Department of Health and Human Services’ COVID-19 dashboard.

State data shows 67 Alaskans have died with COVID-19 since the pandemic began here in March. The state’s per capita death rate remains among the lowest in the country.

Cases reported daily in Alaska have reached triple digits for 25 consecutive days. The current outbreak of cases exceeds all previous increases and the number of cases is expected to continue to rise.

The state’s 14-day average case rate – a number that is used to gauge community spread – continues to rise. Much of the state was on high alert on Sunday, with more than 10 cases per 100,000 residents.

The Northwest region, with 39.06 cases per 100,000 population, was closely followed by the Yukon Delta-Kuskokwim region with 37.19. Anchorage was at 32.23 and the Fairbanks North Star area was at 33.29. A large interior region around Fairbanks was at 17.06.

Matanuska-Susitna district stood at 11.48 cases per 100,000 on Sunday.

Statewide as of Sunday, 45 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, while 28 other hospital patients awaited test results, state data showed.

Among the new cases reported by the state, it was not clear how many patients showed symptoms of the virus when tested positive. Although people can be tested more than once, each case reported by the state’s health department represents only one person.

Of the 211 new COVID-19 cases involving residents, there were 83 new cases in Anchorage plus four in Chugiak, five in Eagle River and one in Girdwood; three in Homer, three in Kenai, one in Nikiski, one in Seward and five in Soldotna; 27 at Fairbanks and six at the North Pole; two at Delta Junction; six in Palmer and 14 in Wasilla; six in Utqiagvik; four in Kotzebue; five in Juneau; seven in Bethel; and two in Shevak.

Among the communities of less than 1,000 people not identified to protect privacy, there were 12 in the Bethel EA; four in the Northwestern Arctic Borough; two in the Fairbanks North Star borough; two in the southeast Fairbanks census area; three in the Yukon-Koyukuk census region; one in Bristol Bay plus the boroughs of Lake and Peninsula; and one in the north of the Kenai Peninsula and one in the south of the Kenai Peninsula.

The state also reported four non-resident cases: three in Anchorage and one in Prudhoe Bay.

The state’s test positivity rate on Sunday was 4.78% on a seven-day moving average. The rate reflects the number of positive results divided by the total number of tests performed. Health officials say levels above 5% may indicate communities are not doing enough testing.

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