KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The number of new positive test results for COVID-19 continued to increase Friday and Saturday in Alaska, with 60 new resident and nonresident cases recorded during that two-day period.
Forty-eight of the new positives affect Alaskans — 28 of whom were in Anchorage, according to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. Twelve cases involve nonresidents.
One nonresident case reported Sunday by DHSS had been recorded and announced by the Ketchikan Emergency Operations Center on Thursday.
There were no new resident or nonresident cases reported in Ketchikan this weekend as of 5:30 p.m. Sunday.
As of midnight Saturday, Alaska had reported a combined total of 1,062 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began here in early March; 883 cases involving Alaska residents and 179 recorded for nonresidents.
There were 348 active resident cases as of midnight Saturday, another record number. A total of 521 residents were classified as having recovered from COVID-19, according to DHSS data.
The number of people hospitalized as COVID-19 positive or under investigation for the virus remained at 12.
The overall number of hospitalizations and deaths remained at 67 and 12, respectively, during the Friday and Saturday period.
DHSS is noting the number of new cases involving younger people. Fourteen of the 48 new resident cases involve people between the ages of 20 and 29, and six cases involve children less that 10 years of age.
“We are definitely seeing a sharp increase in cases in Alaska, and just like in other states, many of the recent new cases are in youth or younger adults," Alaska Chief Medical Officer Anne Zink said in a prepared statement Sunday. "Some of these cases are linked to bars in several communities. Going to a bar right now, especially to listen to a concert, should be viewed as a high risk activity. The virus can spread easily in crowded indoor spaces, especially when people are close together and singing or talking. Please take precautions and if you do go, consider not interacting with anyone who is at high risk for serious illness such as older Alaskans or those with underlying health conditions."
While Anchorage continued to post the highest numbers of new resident cases in the state with 25 during the two-day period, Wasilla recorded four new positive results, and Fairbanks and Seward recorded three each.
Two new positives were recorded in Juneau, Willow, and Delta Junction. Bethel, Kenai, Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area, Big Lake, North Pole, Soldotna and Valdez each recorded one new case.
The Dillingham Census Area recorded three new nonresident cases, each involving seafood industry workers. Anchorage recorded two news nonresident cases (industry unknown), as did the Southeast Fairbanks Census Area (mining).
Other nonresident cases recorded on Friday and Saturday involved one each in the Bristol Bay plus Lake and Peninsula boroughs (seafood industry), Fairbanks North Star Borough (mining), Valdez-Cordova Census Area (tourism) and Juneau (mining).