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Tracking COVID-19 in Alaska: State reports 26 additional deaths between January and August

There were 66 COVID-positive patients hospitalized in Alaska as of Wednesday, according to the state health department. Hospitalizations were up slightly from the previous week, when 62 COVID-positive people were reported.

Here are other highlights from this week’s updated COVID-19 data from the Alaska Department of Health:

• The state health department reported 25 additional COVID-19 deaths among residents and one new nonresident death, all between January and August of this year. The newly reported deaths were identified through a standard review of death certificates.

• Of the newly reported resident deaths, nine involved people in their 80s or older, seven were in their 70s, five were in their 60s, two were in their 50s, one was in their 40s and one was in their 30s.

• The deaths included six residents of Anchorage, three people from Fairbanks, two from Soldotna, two from Seward, two each from smaller communities in the Bethel Census Area and the Northwest Arctic Borough, and one each from Juneau, Kenai, Wasilla and smaller communities in the Aleutians East, Denali, northern Kenai Peninsula, Matanuska-Susitna and the North Slope boroughs.

• In Alaska, 1,494 new cases were reported over a seven-day period, an increase from 1,391 cases reported last week. That data doesn’t include at-home tests, which don’t get reported.

• Alaska’s seven-day case rate per 100,000 fell to 28th among U.S. states, according to a CDC tracker.

• Statewide, 68.1% of Alaskans six months and older had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 28.3% had received at least one booster shot.

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