KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Alaska recorded 232 new positive test results for COVID-19 during the three-day period that began Friday and ended at midnight Sunday, according to the state department of Health and Social Services.
In addition, two deaths, those of an Eagle River man and Fairbanks woman, were recorded on Friday, according to DHSS. Both individuals were over the age of 80, and had underlying health conditions.
In the Ketchikan area, no new positive test results were announced by the Ketchikan Emergency Operations Center over the long weekend as of 5 p.m. on Monday.
Of the 232 new cases statewide, 226 involved Alaska residents.
Anchorage, the state’s largest population center, continued to record substantially more new positive results than any other Alaska community, with 109 new cases logged during the three-day period.
Fairbanks posted 35 new positive results, while Juneau, North Pole and the Bethel Census Area each recorded 11 new cases, according to DHSS.
Nineteen other Alaska communities tallied between one and nine new positive results during those three days.
Those communities were Wasilla (nine new positivize results); Utqiaġvik (eight); Palmer (five); Eagle River and Kenai (four); Bristol Bay plus Lake and Peninsula Borough (three); Big Lake, Soldotna and Nome Census Area (two); and Chugiak, Houston, Northwest Arctic Borough, Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area, Bethel, Douglas, Kodiak, Yakutat plus Hoonah and Angoon, Metlakatla and the North Slope Borough (one).
Six cases recorded during the three-day period involved nonresidents.
Three of the nonresident cases were reported in Anchorage — one of which is classified as being involved with “other industry” and two that remained under investigation as of midnight Friday, according to DHSS.
Fairbanks logged two new nonresident cases, one in the tourism industry and the other of an industry yet to be determined as of midnight Sunday. Soldotna recorded one new nonresident case in an other industry.
Regarding hospitalizations, 34 people who had tested positive for COVID-19 were patients in Alaska hospitals as of midnight Sunday, according to DHSS. Two other people were hospitalized as under investigation for COVID-19.
According to DHSS, 9,939 tests were completed in Alaska during the seven days between Aug. 31 and Sunday, bringing the total to 388,621 tests. During those seven days, the average percentage of daily positive tests was 1.84%.