Alaska reported on Wednesday there were 413 new COVID-19 infections and no new deaths but more people were hospitalized with the virus than ever before, according to the Department of Health and Services COVID-19 dashboard. Society.
In total, 84 Alaskan infected people have died since the beginning of the pandemic. Alaska’s overall death rate per capita remains among the lowest in the country.
A total of 86 people have been hospitalized for the virus in Alaska as of Wednesday, the highest since the pandemic started in March. According to state data, nine other patients in the hospital are suspected of being infected with COVID-19. The state on Wednesday showed the state’s ICU capacity in the red zone: more than 75% occupied.
Health officials say the state’s hospital capacity is a concern given the rapidly increasing number of cases. The virus is largely spread among friends, family, and colleagues at gatherings, sporting events, and workplaces.
All but two areas of the state are considered to be on high alert, meaning that widespread spread within the community is occurring.
Of the 405 new resident cases reported by the state Wednesday, there were 157 in Anchorage, plus one in Chugiak, and seven in Eagle River; two in Homer, 17 in Kenai, two in Nikiski, two in Seward, 16 in Soldotna, three in Sterling; six in Kodiak; 39 in Fairbanks and 13 in the Arctic; one at Delta Junction; 66 in Wasilla, seven in Big Lake, nine in Palmer and one in Willow; one in Utqiagvik; two in Kotzebue; 14 in Juneau; one in Ketchikan; year in Sitka; eight at Bethel; and one in Chevak.
Among communities less than 1,000 people who are not named to protect privacy, there are two cases of residents of the Valdez-Cordova Census Area; one from Denali Borough; one in Fairbanks North Star Borough; one of the Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area; two in the Nome Census Area; three in the Northwest Arctic Borough; one of the Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area; one in the East Aleutians; and 12 in the Bethel Census Area.
There are also eight new nonresidents: three in Anchorage, one in Soldotna, one at Delta Junction, one in Prudhoe Bay, and two at unidentified locations.
As of Wednesday, there have been 10,652 active virus infections among Alaska residents and non-residents of the state. A total of 7,124 people are considered to have recovered.
Among the new cases, there are no reports of the number of patients with viral symptoms when they tested positive. Although people can be tested multiple times, each case reported by the state health department represents only one person.
The positivity in the state test on Tuesday was 7.12% compared with the rotating seven-day average, after hitting an 8% higher at the end of last week. Health officials say a positive rate above 5% could indicate transmission in the community is high and that there is not enough testing.