52 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Alaska Wednesday

The Department of Health and Social Services reported 52 new cases of COVID-19 on Sept. 16.
The Department of Health and Social Services reported 52 new cases of COVID-19 on Sept. 16.(KTUU)
Published: Sep. 16, 2020 at 1:34 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Initial data from the Department of Health and Social Services shows 52 new COVID-19 cases in Alaska residents and nonresidents Wednesday.

The new cases bring the state total to 7,365 cases with 6,444 of those cases in Alaska residents. There are now 4,202 active cases of the virus in residents and 712 active cases of the virus in nonresidents.

Since the pandemic began, over 250 people have been hospitalized with COVID-19, DHSS states. Currently, 39 people are hospitalized with the virus and an additional six people are hospitalized and suspected of having COVID-19. There were four new hospitalizations reported Wednesday. Nine people in the state are on a ventilator.

There have been a total of 44 deaths since cases were first reported in Alaska, according to the state coronavirus dashboard. No new deaths were reported on Wednesday.

The new cases were split between 27 men and 23 women, DHSS said. One of the new cases was identified in a child younger than 10, two are between the ages of 10 and 19, 16 are in their 20s, 14 are in their 30s, four are in their 40s, four are in their 50s, six are in their 60s, one is in their 70s and two are 80 or older.

There have been a total of 408,564 COVID-19 tests conducted in the state, although the number of tests is not a unique count of every individual who has been tested.

On Wednesday, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp. said there was evidence of community spread of COVID-19 in the Native Village of Nunapitchuk. The community spread was identified after a COVID-19 case that was not related to travel was confirmed.

“The determination of community spread of COVID-19 is not unexpected given the recent spike in travel-related cases in the YK Delta,” the corporation said in the statement.

Two nonresident cases were reported with one in Kotzebue and another in an unknown location. The Kotzebue nonresident was employed in the mining industry, DHSS said.

Resident cases were reported in these communities:

  • Municipality of Anchorage: 20
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough: Three
  • Fairbanks North Star Borough: 20
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough: Three
  • Utqiagvik: One
  • Kotzebue: One
  • Juneau: One
  • Bristol Bay plus Lake and Peninsula: One

For more information on COVID-19 cases in Alaska, visit the DHSS coronavirus dashboard website here.

Editor’s Note: This report is based on initial data from DHSS. It will be updated as information becomes available.

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