COVID-19 numbers drop slightly; DHSS reports 60 new cases

Mayor Issues statement about Anchorage's increase
DHSS reports 60 new COVID-19 cases
DHSS reports 60 new COVID-19 cases(KTUU)
Published: Jul. 13, 2020 at 12:03 PM AKDT
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DHSS announced 71 new cases of COVID-19 in Alaska. Sixty cases are residents in 17 communities: Anchorage (28), Fairbanks (11), Wasilla (4), Chugiak (3), Eagle River (2), Bristol Bay and Lake & Peninsula boroughs (2), and one each in Bethel, Bethel Census Area, Girdwood, City of Kenai, Kodiak, NW Arctic Borough, Palmer, Seward, Soldotna and Utqiagvik. This brings the total number of Alaska cases to 1,539.

11 new nonresidents were also identified in:

Municipality of Anchorage (8 in Anchorage): 2 tourism, 2 other industry, 4 unknown industry

Fairbanks North Star Borough (2 in Fairbanks): 1 visitor, 1 other industry

Kenai Peninsula Borough: 1 other industry in City of Kenai

This brings the total number of nonresident cases to 306.

Today, Mayor Ethan Berkowitz issued the following statement about Anchorage’s recent increase in COVID-19 cases:

“We are in the middle of a significant COVID-19 case spike. Our contact tracing capacity has been overwhelmed, and we must defend our hospital capacity. Contact tracing is critical because it allows us to know where the virus is and who has it so we can better contain it. Hospital capacity allows us to safely treat those who have become infected. 

“We know that this public health crisis poses a threat to our jobs and businesses, and we know what works to keep us safe. Mask up. Stay six feet apart. Wash hands. Keep our social bubbles small. Flattening the curve is how we stop the increase in cases. And, as we have seen in so many other states, it’s what we need to do so we won’t have to start shutting things down.”

Original story:

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - The State of Alaska has announced 60 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Alaska. This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases to 1,539. Currently, there are 902 active cases and 620 recovered cases.

Anchorage Municipality (34)

Kenai Peninsula Borough (3)

Fairbanks North Star Borough (11)

Matanuska-Susitna Borough (5)

Bethel Census Area (2)

Kodiak Island Borough (1)

Bristol Bay plus Lake and Peninsula (2)

Northwest Arctic Borough (1)

North Slope Borough (1)

There are 87 total hospitalizations. In total, there are 295 nonresident cases. No new deaths have been reported. To date 17 Alaskans have died with COVID-19 since March.

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