55 new COVID-19 cases and no deaths reported over last 2 days

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 7:03 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reported 55 new COVID-19 cases over the last two days, and no additional deaths related to the virus.

According to the department, 29 cases were reported to the state on June 7 and another 26 new cases on June 8. The state no longer reports new cases each weekday, and releases new case reports on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays instead.

Earlier this week, the state’s alert level dropped to low for the first time since last year. As of Wednesday, the statewide alert level based on the average daily case rate over the last 14 days was 4.16 cases per 100,000.

The City and Borough of Juneau rose into the intermediate level this week, with 7.2 cases per 100,000. Any average case rate above 5 cases per 100,000 puts a community in the intermediate alert level.

Of the total 55 new COVID-19 cases reported over the last two days, 52 of them were identified among Alaska residents of the following communities:

  • Anchorage: 11
  • Juneau: 5
  • Nome: 5
  • Wasilla: 5
  • Copper River Census Area: 3
  • Delta Junction: 2
  • Fairbanks: 2
  • Kenai: 2
  • North Pole: 2
  • Tok: 2
  • Bristol Bay/Lake and Peninsula: 1
  • Chugiak: 1
  • Craig: 1
  • Dillingham: 1
  • Dillingham Census Area: 1
  • Eagle River: 1
  • Hooper Bay: 1
  • Ketchikan: 1
  • Kusilvak Census Area: 1
  • Palmer: 1
  • Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area: 1
  • Southeast Fairbanks Census Area: 1
  • Unalaska: 1

The state reported three new nonresident cases over the last two days — one each in Wasilla, Ketchikan and Fairbanks.

As of Wednesday, there are 18 people being hospitalized with COVID-19 statewide, according to state data. Of these patients, three are on ventilators, according to DHSS. A total of 1,587 Alaska residents have been hospitalized with COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

Also as of Wednesday, 53% of Alaskans age 12 and older had gotten an initial dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, state data shows, and 48% are now fully vaccinated.

Vaccination rates vary across the state. In the Aleutians East Borough, 84% of people 12 and older have gotten an initial vaccine dose, compared to 63% in Kodiak Island Borough, 57% in Anchorage, 45% on the Kenai Peninsula and 36% in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

The state has reported a total of 362 Alaska resident deaths that have been tied to COVID-19.

Since the pandemic began, the state has conducted more than 2.3 million COVID-19 tests, and currently has a seven-day average positivity rate of 0.92%.

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