Update: COVID-19 infection total in Alaska reaches 35,325

Updated 7:40 p.m., Dec. 4

Infections from the novel coronavirus pandemic care continuing their rapid spread throughout Alaska, with 756 new cases, including six in the Valdez-Cordova Census area, and 12 more deaths reported on Friday, Dec. 4, state health officials said.

A record 760 newly infected people and eight more deaths were reported on Thursday, Dec. 3.

To date 34,041 Alaskans and 1,284 nonresidents have been diagnosed with COVID-19, for a total of 35,325 people, of whom 141 residents and one nonresident have succumbed.

There are currently 151 people hospitalized with COVID-related hospitalizations, including 136 people already diagnosed with COVID-19, and 15 others whose condition is under investigation. Twenty-three of these patients are on ventilators.

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services said three most recent deaths were an Anchorage woman in her 90s, a Kodiak woman in her 80s and a Kenai woman in her 80s.

Nine others were identified as victims of COVID-19 following death certificate reviews.

Five resident cases and one nonresident case were added to the DHSS data dashboard through data verification.

New resident cases of the virus on the DHSS data dashboard as of Dec. 3 included:

  • Anchorage, 237,
  • Wasilla, 193,
  • Palmer, 54,
  • Kodiak,34,
  • Juneau, 29,
  • Fairbanks, 25,
  • Soldotna, 23,
  • Eagle River, 19,
  • Utqiagvik, 18,
  • Kenai, 17,
  • North Pole, 10,
  • Bethel, 8,
  • Delta Junction, Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area, 7
  • Bethel Census Area, Homer, Valdez-Cordova Census Area, 6,
  • Chugiak, Mat-Su Borough, 4,
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough, 3, Northwest Arctic Borough, Sitka, 3,
  • Anchor Point, Bristol Bay/Lake & Peninsula, Chevak, Douglas, Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Kusilvak Census Area, Tok,2,
  • Big Lake, Dillingham Census Area, Fairbanks North Star Borough, Girdwood, Hoonah-Angoon/Yakutat, Kodiak Island Borough, Kotzebue, Nikiski, Nome Census Area, Seward, Sterling, Sutton-Alpine, Valdez Wrangell, 1.
  • Twelve new nonresident cases include four in Fairbanks, three at an unidentified location and one each in Delta Junction, Northwest Arctic Borough, Sitka, Wasilla  and one on the North Slope.

Six resident cases were added to the data dashboard through data verification.

A total of 1,050,369 tests for COVID-19 have been conducted to date, with 26,094 tests conducted in the previous seven days, DHSS officials said. The average percentage of daily positive cases for the previous seven days was 6.65 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.