Were making this essential information about the pandemic available without a membership as a civil service. We depend on reader support to do this work. Please consider signing up with others in supporting independent journalism in Alaska for simply $3.23 a week. Alaska reported four deaths in individuals with COVID-19 and 144 new cases on Wednesday, according to the Department of Health and Social Services COVID-19 control panel. One death was a Juneau citizen in her 60s who passed away early Tuesday morning and was reported by local officials the same day, according to a state health department spokesperson. If the other three deaths reported Wednesday took place recently, it wasnt right away clear. State information indicates that the deaths reported Wednesday consist of 3 people from Anchorage and one from Juneau. Sixty-four Alaskans have actually passed away with COVID-19 since the pandemic started here in March. Still, the states death rate per 100,000 citizens remains among the most affordable in the country. Tuesday marked the 21st straight day that daily reported cases have struck triple digits. The last surge in Alaska remained in July, however case counts leveled off and after that declined. State officials alert high numbers are expected to continue due to broad neighborhood spread of the infection. Statewide since Tuesday, 40 individuals were hospitalized with COVID-19 while 16 other hospital patients were awaiting test results, according to state information. Of the brand-new cases reported by the state Wednesday, it wasnt clear the number of clients were showing symptoms of the virus when they checked positive. While individuals may get checked more than when, each case reported by the state health department just represents a single person. Of the 144 brand-new cases of COVID-19 involving locals, 89 were in Anchorage, plus 2 in Chugiak and 11 in Eagle River; one was in Fritz Creek, one was in Homer, and one remained in Soldotna; 11 were in Fairbanks and two remained in North Pole; one was in Palmer and two remained in Wasilla; four remained in Utqiagvik; 3 remained in Kotzebue; five remained in Juneau; one remained in Sitka; and one was in Bethel. Among neighborhoods smaller sized than 1,000 not determined to protect privacy, there was one case each in the southern Kenai Peninsula; 4 in Nome Census Area; one in Northwest Arctic Borough; one in Bethel Census Area; and one in Bristol Bay plus Lake and Peninsula boroughs. There was one nonresident case reported Wednesday in Anchorage. The states test positivity rate as of Wednesday was 4.48% over a seven-day rolling average. The rate reflects the number of favorable outcomes divided by overall tests carried out. Health authorities say levels over 5% might suggest communities arent doing enough testing.
State data shows that the deaths reported Wednesday include three individuals from Anchorage and one from Juneau. While individuals may get tested more than as soon as, each case reported by the state health department only represents one individual. Of the 144 brand-new cases of COVID-19 including homeowners, 89 were in Anchorage, plus 2 in Chugiak and 11 in Eagle River; one was in Fritz Creek, one was in Homer, and one was in Soldotna; 11 were in Fairbanks and two were in North Pole; one was in Palmer and 2 were in Wasilla; four were in Utqiagvik; three were in Kotzebue; five were in Juneau; one was in Sitka; and one was in Bethel. Amongst neighborhoods smaller sized than 1,000 not recognized to secure confidentiality, there was one case each in the southern Kenai Peninsula; 4 in Nome Census Area; one in Northwest Arctic Borough; one in Bethel Census Area; and one in Bristol Bay plus Lake and Peninsula boroughs.