Alaska on Friday reported one new death and 97 new cases of COVID-19, according to the Department of Health and Social Services COVID-19 dashboard.
The person who died was an Anchorage woman in her forties. Forty-three Alaskans have died with COVID-19 since the pandemic began here in March. The state’s death rate is among the lowest in the U.S.
Statewide as of Friday, 40 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 while four other hospital patients were awaiting test results, according to state data. Of Alaska’s 153 intensive care unit beds, 83 were in use statewide.
Active cases of COVID-19 among Alaska residents increased from 3,830 on Thursday to 3,918 on Friday. Another 704 active cases were reported among nonresidents.
Of the new cases, it wasn’t clear how many patients were showing symptoms of the virus when they tested positive.
Of the 89 new cases of COVID-19 involving residents, 35 were in Anchorage; 27 were in Fairbanks; five were in North Pole; one was in Delta Junction; four were in Palmer; five were in Wasilla; two were in Utqiagvik; one was in Douglas; and four were in Juneau.
Among communities smaller than 1,000 not identified to protect confidentiality, there was one in the northern Kenai Peninsula, one was in the Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area; one was in the Nome Census Area; one was in the combined Bristol Bay and Lake and Peninsula boroughs; and one was in the Kusilvak Census Area.
Of the eight nonresident cases, three were in Anchorage, one was in Eagle River; three were in Fairbanks and one was in an unknown part of the state.
The state’s testing positivity rate as of Friday was 1.82% over a seven-day rolling average.
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