The new cases come amid major outbreaks in the seafood industry, including the OBI seafood processing plant in Seward, where 98 employees tested positive, a U.S. Seafoods factory trawler with 85 confirmed cases, an Alaska Glacier seafood plant in Juno with 40 cases and, most recently, a seafood factory with copper rivers in Anchorage with 56 cases of the disease, announced on Friday night.
As of Saturday, government data showed that there were 1,901 active cases of COVID-19 among both residents and non-residents, while 947 people had recovered.
The new death, announced Saturday, includes a 70-year-old Fairbanks man who had previous conditions, according to an online statement from the state’s health department. The total number of Alaskans whose deaths were related to COVID-19 is now 20.
There were 30 people hospitalized with COVID-19 and eight under investigation by Saturday, according to the health department. Nationwide, 115 people with COVID-19 have been hospitalized since Saturday, an increase of four from the previous day.
New cases reported Saturday included 88 residents, including 48 in Anchorage; one in the Eagle River; six in Vasila; four in Palmer; five at Fairbanks; one in Esther; one at the North Pole; three in Soldotna; two in Seward; one in Sterling; one in Kenai; two in Cordoba; one in Kotzebue; one in Valdez, whose actual residence is Kenai; three of the smaller communities in the Northwest Arctic and the Yukon-Koyukuk Census; one in Hines; one in Juneau; and one in Unalaska. The state also reported a new case, each of the residents of the smaller communities in the census area of Valdes-Cordoba and the northern peninsula of Cenai.
Of the 27 non-resident cases reported Saturday, 22 are seafood workers in Seward, one is in Kenai and four are classified as unknown.
The average percentage of a positive state test for the last three days is 2.12%, according to the state health department.
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