43 new COVID-19 cases reported in Alaska

There were 43 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Alaska residents and nonresidents on Sept. 15.
There were 43 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Alaska residents and nonresidents on Sept. 15.(KTUU)
Published: Sep. 15, 2020 at 1:21 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Initial data from the Department of Health and Social Services states there are 43 new cases of COVID-19 in Alaska, with 42 of those cases in Alaska residents. The new cases bring the state total to 7,313 cases with 6,395 in Alaska residents.

The sole new nonresident case was reported in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough. The DHSS case count states the person was a visitor.

Since the pandemic began, 44 Alaska residents with COVID-19 have died. No new deaths or hospitalizations were reported Tuesday. The state’s coronavirus dashboard says there are 4,158 active cases of COVID-19 in residents.

There are currently 42 people hospitalized with COVID-19, according to the dashboard. An additional two people are hospitalized and suspected of having COVID-19. There are eight people in the state currently on a ventilator.

A total of 407,124 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in the state since the pandemic began, although the number of tests is not a count of how many people have been tested. Of the 12,506 tests that have been conducted in the last week, the daily positive test average is 2.11%.

On Monday, Palmer High School announced one case of COVID-19 was reported at the school. The high school was closed Tuesday for cleaning and health officials are working on contact tracing efforts.

Of the new resident cases, four are children under the age of 10, three are between 10 and 19, 16 are in their 20s, five are in their 30s, five are in their 40s, four are in their 50s, four are in their 60s and one is in their 70s. The resident cases were split with 20 cases identified in men and 22 cases identified in women.

Resident cases were reported in these communities:

  • Anchorage: 22
  • Kodiak: One
  • Fairbanks: Five
  • Wasilla: Four
  • Utqiagvik: One
  • Douglas: One
  • Bethel Census Area: Five
  • Bristol Bay plus Lake and Peninsula: One
  • Kusilvak Census Area: Two

For more information about COVID-19 in Alaska, visit the state’s coronavirus dashboard.

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

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