Update: Statewide COVID-19 total rises to 7,886

4,779 of 6,906 resident cases still active

Scanning electron micrograph of novel coronavirus particles emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. (Feb. 14, 2020) Image courtesy of NIAID

Updated 5:10 p.m., Sept. 22.

New cases of the novel coronavirus causing the worldwide pandemic continue to rise in Alaska, including a total of 415 new cases over the past five days.

That includes an additional 112 cases reported on Friday, Sept. 18; 88 on Saturday, Sept. 19; 94 on Sunday, Sept. 20; 71 on Monday, Sept. 21, and 50 on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

The statewide total of 7,886 infected overall includes 6,950 residents and 936 nonresidents, of whom 2,415 and 253 respectively have recovered.  Active cases now include 4,490 residents and 683 nonresidents. 

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services officials said on Tuesday, Sept. 22 that new cases include 46 residents in nine communities, including 31 in Anchorage, four in the Northwest Arctic Borough, three each in Fairbanks and Wasilla, and one each in the Aleutians West Census Area, Eagle River, Kodiak, Kotzebue and Palmer.  There were also four nonresident cases, all in Anchorage.

An Anchorage woman in her 40s became the 45th resident to die of COVID-19 on Sept. 18. Another Anchorage woman in her 40s died on Sept. 8.


All 45 individuals who has succumbed to the COVID-19 virus to date are Alaskans.

The number of people currently hospitalized include 39 diagnosed with COVID-19, plus four others considered persons under investigation, for a total of 43 hospitalized, state health officials said.

Since the pandemic began spreading in Alaska a total of 272 people have been hospitalized.

Most cases and the most deaths from the virus have been in the state’s largest population areas, led by the municipality of Anchorage, the Fairbanks North Star Borough and the city and borough of Juneau.

Statewide updates are provided online daily by state health officials on statewide COVID-19 dashboard summary updated daily at covid19.alaska.gov.

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

As of Sept. 21, 431,191 tests had been conducted, including 12,956 tests in the previous seven days, DHSS officials said. The average percentage of daily positive test for the previous seven days as of Sept. 20 was 2.28 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.