Update: New COVID-19 cases include 64 Alaskans

Death of Anchorage man raises statewide death toll to 29

Updated 5:05 p.m., Aug. 18.

New cases of the novel coronavirus in Alaska climbed by 64 on Tuesday, Aug. 18, pushing the statewide resident infection count to 4,371, plus 806 nonresident cases, state health officials said.

Another 1,285 individuals are now presumed recovered, according to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

Four new nonresident cases were reported, raising the total number of nonresident cases to 806, of which 183 have recovered.

There have been a total of 183 hospitalizations and 29 deaths. The latest person to succumb to the virus, as reported on Aug. 18, was an Anchorage man in his 80s with underlying health conditions.

DHSS officials said that as of Aug. 17 a total of 41 people were hospitalized with COVID-related health issues.


New resident cases include 21 in Anchorage, eight in Wasilla, six each in Kenai and Soldotna, four each in Fairbanks and North Pole, two each in the Kenai Peninsula Borough North, Northwest-Arctic Borough and Sitka, and one each in Douglas, Eagle river Homer, Juneau, Kotzebue, Nome, Prince of Wales-Hyder Census area, Valdez-Cordova Census area and the Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area.

New nonresident cases include two seafood workers in the Kodiak island Borough, plus one individual in Soldotna and another in Petersburg.

The Municipality of Anchorage continues to lead the state in COVID-19 cases, with 2,519 individuals diagnosed and 16 deaths, followed by Fairbanks, with 503 cases and six deaths, and Juneau, with 150 cases and one death.

The DHSS daily report reflects data from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. which is posted at noon daily on the Alaska Coronavirus Response Hub.

As of Aug. 17, 310,009 tests had been conducted. The average percentage of daily positive test for the previous seven days as of Aug. 16 was 1.79 percent.

Updates on the impact of COVID-19 are posted daily at coronavirus-response-alaska-dhss.hub.arcgis.com.

For Cordova updates, visit the city’s COVID-19 dashboard here.