DHSS today announced four deaths and 144 new people identified with COVID-19 in Alaska. 143 are residents in: Anchorage (89), Fairbanks (11), Eagle River (11), Juneau (5), Nome Census Area (4), Utqiaġvik (4), Kotzebue (3), Chugiak (2), North Pole (2), Wasilla (2) and one each in Bethel, Bethel Census Area, Bristol Bay/Lake & Peninsula boroughs, Fritz Creek, Homer, Kenai Peninsula South, Northwest Arctic Borough, Palmer, Sitka and Soldotna.
One new nonresident case was identified in Anchorage in the seafood industry.
This brings the total number of Alaska resident cases to 10,171 and the total number of nonresident cases to 1,012.
ALERT LEVELS – The current statewide alert level, based on the average daily case rate over 14 days per 100,000 population, is high at 21.82 per 100,000. Regional alert levels are noted below:
High (>10 cases/100,000)
Intermediate (5-10 cases/100,000)
Low (<5 cases/100,000)
CASES: SEX & AGES – Of the 143 Alaska residents, 80 are male and 63 are female. Nine are under the age of 10; 26 are aged 10-19; 23 are aged 20-29; 22 are aged 30-39; 23 are aged 40-49; 18 are aged 50-59; 14 are aged 60-69; three are aged 70-79 and five are aged 80 or older.
CASES: HOSPITALIZATIONS & DEATHS – There have been a total of 338 hospitalizations and 64 deaths, with four new recent deaths reported. Our thoughts are with the individuals’ family and loved ones:
Individuals who no longer require isolation (recovered cases) total 5,324.
There are currently 40 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 who are hospitalized and 16 additional patients who are considered persons under investigation (PUI) for a total of 56 current COVID-related hospitalizations. Seven of these patients are on ventilators.
TESTING – A total of 517,177 tests have been conducted, with 15,673 tests conducted in the previous seven days. The average percentage of daily positive tests for the previous seven days is 4.48%.
Notes: Cases reported to the Section of Epidemiology are increasing. Reports are received electronically, by phone and by fax. Cases are verified, redundancies are eliminated and then cases are entered into the data system that feeds into Alaska’s Coronavirus Response Hub. Because of the number of reports being received, it may take a day or two after receipt to get a report entered and counted. Extra personnel will continue to focus on the effort to process and count reports and minimize the delay from receipt to posting on the Hub. Daily case counts in the near future seem likely to remain at this level or higher.
This report reflects data from 12 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 13 that posted at noon today on the Alaska Coronavirus Response Hub. There is a lag between cases being reported on the DHSS data dashboard and what local communities report. Each case is an individual person even if they are tested multiple times. Total tests are a not a count of unique individuals tested and includes both positive and negative results. The current number of hospitalized patients represents more real-time data compared to the cumulative total hospitalizations. To view more data visit: data.coronavirus.alaska.gov.