Alaska reports 242 new COVID-19 cases Friday

A CDC graphic of the COVID-19 virus via MGN.
A CDC graphic of the COVID-19 virus via MGN.(KOLO)
Published: Oct. 23, 2020 at 2:53 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Alaska is on its eighth straight day of reporting more than 200 new COVID-19 cases. Friday also marks the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases recorded in a single day.

Friday marks the 30th straight day Alaska has seen over 100-plus COVID-19 cases.

The Department of Health and Social Services reported 242 new coronavirus cases on Friday, with 239 of the cases in residents and three in nonresidents. More than half of the resident cases are found in the Municipality of Anchorage.

No new deaths were reported Friday, keeping the total COVID-19 deaths at 68. There are 6,915 recovered and presumed recovered cases and 6,178 active cases in the state. There have been at least 392 hospitalizations, and another 59 people are currently hospitalized with the virus.

Resident cases were found in these communities:

  • Anchorage Municipality: 151
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough: 11
  • Kodiak Island Borough: One
  • Fairbanks North Star Borough: 22
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area: One
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough: 32
  • Nome Census Area: One
  • Northwest Arctic Borough: Two
  • Juneau City and Borough: Seven
  • Bethel Census Area: Six
  • Kusilvak Census Area: Three
  • Unknown: Two

Editor’s note: this story is based on initial data. Check back for updates.

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