Alaska COVID-19 cases spike with 197 reported Monday

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Published: Oct. 5, 2020 at 12:54 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - The Department of Health and Social Services is reporting the largest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases in Alaska since the pandemic began with 197 new cases Monday. Over 100 of those cases were reported in Anchorage alone.

DHSS says cases are trending up and even the percent positivity for the past week has increased to 4.19%.

This is the highest daily resident total since July, and comes almost two weeks into a streak of high case days that have kept Alaska in a high alert level.

This is the 12th consecutive day Alaska has seen 100-plus new COVID-19 cases. Of the new cases, only three were nonresidents. One nonresident case each was reported in Wasilla, Fairbanks and Anchorage.

Since COVID-19 cases were first reported in Alaska, 9,587 residents and nonresidents have tested positive for the virus. Of those, 4,074 cases are considered active and infectious, according to initial data on the DHSS coronavirus dashboard.

There were no new COVID-19 deaths reported Monday, leaving the total deaths at 58. Since COVID-19 cases were first reported in Alaska, at least 301 people have been hospitalized with the virus. Currently, 33 people with COVID-19 are hospitalized and an additional 12 people are hospitalized and suspected of having the virus. Of those patients, six are on a ventilator.

The new resident cases were reported in 96 men and 98 women, DHSS said. Of those, 14 were children under the age of 10; 19 are between 10 and 19; 47 are in their 20s; 38 are in their 30s; 28 are in their 40s; 25 are in their 50s; 17 are in their 60s and six are in their 70s.

DHSS says a total of 479,374 COVID-19 tests have been conducted, although that number does not reflect a new individual for each test. In the past week alone, 19,014 COVID-19 tests have been conducted.

To find a COVID-19 testing site, visit the testing sites locator here.

Resident cases were reported in these communities:

  • Municipality of Anchorage: 116
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough: Two
  • Kodiak: Two
  • Fairbanks North Star Borough: 55
  • Southeast Fairbanks Census Area: One
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough: Eight
  • Nome Census Area: One
  • Northwest Arctic Borough: One
  • Juneau: Two
  • Yakutat plus Hoonah-Angoon: One
  • Bethel Census Area: Four
  • Kusilvak Census Area: One

Editor’s Note: This report has been updated with additional information.

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