Alaska reported four deaths in people with COVID-19 and 144 new cases on Wednesday, according to the Department of Health and Human Services’ COVID-19 dashboard.
It was unclear whether the reported deaths had occurred recently. A spokesman for the state health department also did not immediately say whether they included a Juno resident in her 60s who died early Tuesday morning, according to officials there.
State figures say Wednesday’s deaths included three people from Anchorage and one from Juneau.
Sixty-four Alaskans have died of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic here in March. Still, the death rate in the 100,000-strong state remains among the lowest in the country.
Tuesday marked the 21st consecutive day in which daily reported cases reached three figures. The last jump in Alaska was in July, but the number of cases has leveled off and then decreased. Government officials warn that the high numbers are expected to continue due to the widespread spread of the virus in the community.
On Tuesday in the state, 40 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, while 16 other hospital patients were waiting for the test results, according to state data.
From the new cases reported by the state on Wednesday, it was not clear how many patients showed symptoms of the virus when tested positive. Although people can be tested more than once, each case reported by the state health department represents only one person.
Of the 144 new COVID-19 cases involving residents, 89 were in Anchorage, plus two in the Alien and 11 in the Eagle River; one was in Fritz Creek, one was in Homer, and one was in Soldotna; 11 were at Fairbanks, and two were at the North Pole; one was in Palmer, and both were in Basil; four were in Utqiagvik; three were in Kotzebue; five were in Juneau; one was in Sitka; and one was in Bethel.
Among communities smaller than 1,000 that have not been identified for privacy protection, there was one case each on the southern Kenai Peninsula; four in the Nome census area; one in the northwestern Arctic; one in the Bethel census area; and one in Bristol Bay plus the neighborhoods of the lake and peninsula.
A case of a non-resident was reported in Anchorage on Wednesday.
The state of the state test positive on Wednesday was 4.48% above the seven-day moving average. The rate reflects the number of positive results divided by the total number of tests performed. Health officials say levels above 5% may indicate that communities are not doing enough testing.