Update: New case numbers climbing again in triple digits

Colorized scanning electron micrograph of a cell infected with novel coronavirus particles, isolated from a patient sample. (Dec. 15, 2020) Image courtesy of NIAID

12:10 p.m., Dec. 30

Infections of the novel coronavirus in Alaska have reached 46,483, with 374 new cases and two new deaths in Alaska, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reported on Wednesday, Dec. 30.

The total includes five more cases in Cordova and two new cases in the Valdez-Cordova Census Area/Copper River Basin.

The deaths of a Kodiak woman and a Soldotna man, both in their 70s, pushed the resident death toll to 202. A single nonresident has died to date of the virus, according to DHSS.

To date 44,966 Alaskans and 1,517 nonresidents have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

There has been a total of 1,017 hospitalizations. According to the DHSS dashboard 71 people currently hospitalized are confirmed to be COVID positive, plus four additional patients whose conditions are under investigation. Ten of these patients are on ventilators.

New resident cases of the virus on the DHSS data dashboard as of Dec. 29 included:

  • Anchorage, 113,
  • Wasilla, 69,
  • Eagle River, 29,
  • Palmer, 25,
  • Fairbanks, 23,
  • Bethel Census Area, 19,
  • Bethel, 14,
  • Kodiak, 12,
  • Utqiagvik, 8,
  • Cordova, Juneau, Valdez-Cordova Census Area, 5,
  • Chugiak, North Pole, Soldotna, 4,
  • Chevak, Ketchikan, North Slope Borough, 3,
  • Big Lake, Dillingham Census Area, Fairbanks North Star Borough, Unalaska,

Valdez-Cordova Census Area/Copper River, 2,

  • Kenai, Kenai Peninsula Borough South, Nikiski, Nome, Nome Census Area, Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area, Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Tok, Willow and Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area, 1.

Six new nonresident cases identified include two in Anchorage, one in Soldotna and three others whose location was not disclosed.

Alaska’s current statewide alert level, based on the average daily case rate over 14 days per 100,000 is high at 37.89 cases per 100,000, DHSS officials said.

A total of 1,267,092 tests for COVID-19 have been conducted in Alaska to date, including 19,697 tests in the previous seven days. The average percentage of daily positive tests for the previous seven days is 4.82 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.

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.