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13 new deaths, 583 new COVID-19 cases reported in Alaska Tuesday

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Published: Nov. 24, 2020 at 1:11 PM AKST
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - A record-breaking 13 new deaths were reported in Alaska on Tuesday. The new deaths bring the state total of deaths to 116 with one of those cases reported in a nonresident.

In a case summary, DHSS said five of the deaths were recent. They were reported in a Sterling resident in his 70s, a Wasilla resident in his 60s, a Dillingham resident in her 80s, a Bethel Census Area resident in her 80s and a Soldotna resident in his 90s.

Eight of the new deaths reported on Tuesday have been added to the state death total after a death certificate review, DHSS said. Those deaths were reported in an Anchorage resident in her 60s, a Soldotna resident in his 80s, a Bethel resident in his 30s, a Bethel Census Area resident in her 60s, a Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area resident in his 90s, a Bethel Census Area resident in his 70s, an Anchorage resident in his 60s and a Kusilvak Census Area resident in his 70s.

Along with the new deaths, the Department of Health and Social Services is reporting 583 new COVID-19 cases. Five of the new cases were reported in nonresidents with one in the Northwest Arctic Borough, one in Eagle River and three in unknown locations.

The new cases bring the state total of cases to 28,863 in residents and nonresidents.

DHSS says all regions of Alaska are at a high alert level for having over 10 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in the last two weeks. The statewide average is currently 77 cases per 100,000. The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta has the highest transmission with 137.91 cases per 100,000 people. The Municipality of Anchorage is second with 112.71 cases and the Kenai Peninsula Borough is third with 92.03 cases.

Since the pandemic began, DHSS says a total of 631 residents and nonresidents have been hospitalized with COVID-19. An additional 126 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 and another 13 people are hospitalized and suspected of having COVID-19. Of these patients, 21 are on a ventilator in the state.

DHSS data for hospital capacity puts indicators for inpatient beds and adult intensive care unit beds in the green with 470 inpatient beds available and 56 ICU beds available in the state.

Since the pandemic began, DHSS says a total of 943,401 COVID-19 tests have been conducted, although that number does not reflect a unique number of individuals.

The majority of new COVID-19 cases were reported in the Municipality of Anchorage with 328 in Anchorage, seven in Chugiak, 38 in Eagle River and two in Girdwood.

Resident cases were reported in these communities:

  • Municipality of Anchorage: 375
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough: 50
  • Kodiak Island Borough: 15
  • Valdez-Cordova Census Area: 5
  • Fairbanks North Star Borough: 20
  • Southeast Fairbanks Census Area: 6
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area: 4
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough: 37
  • Nome Census Area: 15
  • North Slope Borough: 12
  • Northwest Arctic Borough: 4
  • City and Borough of Juneau: 7
  • Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area: 1
  • Sitka City and Borough: 1
  • Aleutians East Borough: 2
  • Aleutians West Census Area: 1
  • Bethel Census Area: 22
  • Kusilvak Census Area: 1

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

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