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689 new COVID-19 cases reported in Alaska Wednesday

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Published: Dec. 2, 2020 at 12:01 PM AKST
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - The Department of Health and Social Services is reporting 689 new COVID-19 cases in Alaska Wednesday. No new deaths were reported, which leaves the state total of deaths at 121 residents and one nonresident.

New cases were reported in 679 residents and 10 nonresidents with two in Anchorage, one in Kenai, two in the Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, two in Wasilla and three in unknown locations.

The new cases bring the state total to 33,797 cases in residents and nonresidents.

DHSS says 768 residents and nonresidents have been hospitalized with COVID-19. An additional 149 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 and another 14 are hospitalized and suspected of having the virus. Of these patients, 23 are on a ventilator in the state.

The DHSS COVID-19 hospital capacity dashboard has adult intensive care unit beds in the red with only 24 beds available. The indicator for adult inpatient beds is in the green with 463 beds available.

DHSS says since the state began testing for COVID-19, a total of 1,024,643 tests have been conducted, although that number does not reflect the unique number of individuals who have been tested.

Resident cases were reported in these communities:

  • Municipality of Anchorage: 239
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough: 80
  • Kodiak Island Borough: 24
  • Valdez-Cordova Census Area: 2
  • Denali Borough: 1
  • Fairbanks North Star Borough: 15
  • Southeast Fairbanks Census Area: 7
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough: 240
  • Nome Census Area: 5
  • North Slope Borough: 30
  • City and Borough of Juneau: 5
  • Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area: 3
  • Ketchikan: 1
  • Sitka City and Borough: 7
  • Wrangell City and Borough: 1
  • Aleutians East Borough: 2
  • Aleutians West Census Area: 3
  • Bristol Bay plus Lake and Peninsula: 1
  • Dillingham Census Area: 1
  • Bethel Census Area: 12

Editor’s note: This story is based on initial data from the state. Check back for updates.

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