UPDATE: COVID-19 infection total in Alaska reaches 30,102

Updated 2:30 p.m., Nov. 26

Infections from the novel coronavirus pandemic continue their rapid spread throughout Alaska on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, with state health officials confirming 633 new cases, including an additional single new case in the Valdez-Cordova Census Area.

To date 28,892 Alaskans and 1,210 nonresidents have been diagnosed with COVID-19, for a total of 30,102 people, of whom 118 residents and 1 nonresident have succumbed.

There are currently 140 people hospitalized with COVID-related hospitalizations, including 131 people already diagnosed with COVID-19, and nine others whose condition is under investigation.  Twenty-two of these patients are on ventilators.

In Anchorage, which has the most cases in the state, a new hunkered down model is in effect until Dec. 1.

On Tuesday, Nov. 24, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reported 13 new deaths from the virus, but on Nov. 26, removed an Anchorage man in his 70s from that list after data verification.

New resident cases of the virus on the DHSS data dashboard as of Nov. 26 included

  • Anchorage, 227
  • Homer, 44
  • Kenai, 42
  • Wasilla, 40
  • Soldotna, 38
  • Bethel Census Area, 18
  • Fairbanks, 16
  • Eagle River, 13
  • Delta Junction, 11
  • Kodiak and Juneau, 10
  • Nikiski and Palmer, 9
  • Chugiak, 8
  • Ketchikan, 6
  • Bethel, Kenai Peninsula Borough North, North Pole and Utqiagvik, 5
  • Girdwood, 4
  • Anchor Point, Kusilvak Census Area, and Sterling, 3
  • Big Lake, Chevak, Kenai Peninsula Bourgh South and Willow, 2
  • Fritz Creek, Houston, Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Matanuska Susitna Borough, Nome, Northwest Arctic Borough, Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area Sitka, Sutton-Alpine, Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Yakutat & Hoonah-Angoon, Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area and three unknown locations, 1 each.

Six new nonresident cases include two in Anchorage, one in Fairbanks and three others at undisclosed locations, DHSS officials said.

Four resident cases were subtracted and one nonresident case added to the dashboard through data verification.

A total of 969,573 tests for COVID-19 have been conducted to date, with 24,338 tests conducted in the previous seven days, DHSS officials said. The average percentage of daily positive cases for the previous seven days was 6.42 percent.

Statewide updates are provided daily by state health officials Alaska’s COVID-19 dashboard 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.

The testing dashboard has been temporarily disabled while the data team troubleshoots a problem with the testing data.

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.