563 new COVID-19 cases reported in Alaska Monday

Published: Nov. 16, 2020 at 12:24 PM AKST
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - The Department of Health and Social Services is reporting 563 new cases of COVID-19 with seven of those cases reported in nonresidents.

No new deaths were reported on Monday, leaving the state total of deaths at 98. The new cases bring the state’s total case count to 24,399, according to DHSS data. Of those, 7,165 are considered recovered and 17,136 are considered active.

The DHSS dashboard states at least 559 people have been hospitalized with COVID-19 since cases were first reported in Alaska. An additional 121 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 and another 22 are hospitalized and suspected of having the virus. Fourteen of those patients are on a ventilator.

The state dashboard indicators for hospital capacity are in the green with 435 adult inpatient beds available and 44 intensive care unit beds available in the state. The Anchorage Health Department dashboard indicator for adult inpatient beds is in the red with 72 of 509 beds available in the municipality. The indicator for adult ICU beds is in the green with 24 available.

Of the 556 new resident cases, 289 are male, 266 are female and one is unknown. Forty-eight of the cases are in those under the age of 10; 65 cases are in the ages 10-19; 108 cases are in the ages 20-29; 116 cases are in the ages 30-39; 79 cases are in the ages 40-49; 62 cases are in the ages 50-59; 53 cases are in the ages 60-69; 20 cases are in the ages 70-79; and five cases are in those 80 years old and older.

The majority of resident cases were reported in the Municipality of Anchorage with 351 in Anchorage, five in Chugiak, 35 in Eagle River and one in Girdwood. The Bethel Census Area is continuing to face large surges in COVID-19 cases with 39 new cases in Bethel and 11 new cases in other areas. The increase in COVID-19 transmission has prompted the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp. to make its first region-wide recommendation for a shut down as increasing COVID-19 cases have strained the region’s health care capacity.

Here is a breakdown of resident cases across the state:

  • Municipality of Anchorage: 392
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough: 35
  • Kodiak Island Borough: 2
  • Valdez-Cordova Census Area: 2
  • Fairbanks North Star Borough: 18
  • Southeast Fairbanks Census Area: 8
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area: 1
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough: 28
  • Nome Census Area: 3
  • Northwest Arctic Borough: 3
  • City and Borough of Juneau: 9
  • Sitka: 1
  • Bethel Census Area: 50
  • Kusilvak Census Area: 4

DHSS is also reporting seven new nonresident cases with all purposes under investigation. Two are located in Anchorage, one in Homer and four are listed as unknown.

Editor’s Note: This report has been updated with additional information from the state.

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