6 deaths, 128 COVID-19 cases reported in Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Six more Alaskans who were diagnosed with COVID-19 have died, the state reported on Friday.
It’s the highest amount of deaths reported by the state in a single day since the pandemic began, bringing the total number of Alaskans who have died with the virus to 52.
Though six deaths were added to the coronavirus dashboard Friday, only one of the deaths is recent, according to the Department of Health and Social Services. The recent death was a male Anchorage resident in his 60s.
The five non-recent deaths were recorded by the Centers for Disease and Control’s National Center for Health Statistics. Two of the deaths were reported in Anchorage: a man who died in July and was in his 60s, as well as another man who was in his 50s and died in August.
Two others died in August: a Fairbanks resident in his 60s and a Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area resident in his 70s. One man in his 70s died out of state, but had Soldotna as his residence. It was not specified when that death occurred.
DHSS says though all COVID-19-related deaths are to be reported to DHSS from medical facilities, not all are captured immediately due to a variety of reasons, including complex death processes or living in another state while still claiming Alaska as a primary residence.
The Department of Health and Social Services also reported 128 new COVID-19 cases in the state. Only one of those cases is in a nonresident, according to the coronavirus dashboard.
The new cases bring the current active case total in residents to 4,424.
The new resident cases were found in these communities:
- Anchorage: 73
- Kenai Peninsula Borough: One
- Fairbanks North Star Borough: 31
- Southeast Fairbanks Census Area: One
- Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area: One
- Matanuska-Susitna Borough: Two
- Nome Census Area: Three
- North Slope Borough: Three
- Northwest Arctic Borough: Two
- Juneau City and Borough: Six
- Bethel Census Area: Three
- Bristol Bay plus Lake and Peninsula: One
Editor’s note: This story has been edited to correct the number of Alaskans who have died with COVID-19 after DHSS released updated data.
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