That’s the most deaths reported in a single day since the pandemic began in March. It was not immediately clear, however, whether all the deaths were recent. A number of the deaths involved rural residents.
Eleven people in Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region have died with the virus, according to regional health officials. The region reported 100 new cases Monday including 62 in the village of Akiak alone. Surging case numbers in the region, coupled with a fragile health care system, prompted tribal health officials last week to call for a monthlong lockdown.
In total, 115 Alaskans and one nonresident have died with COVID-19 since March, according to state data.
By Tuesday, 131 people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 were hospitalized statewide and another 13 patients were awaiting test results. Twenty-one confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients were on ventilators, according to state data.
With new daily case counts topping 500, and deaths and hospitalizations rising, health officials express increasing concerns about the sustainability of Alaska’s already stressed health care system. Health officials in Alaska and nationwide begged people to reconsider holiday plans as Thanksgiving approaches.
In total, 28,863 Alaskans and nonresidents in the state have tested positive for COVID-19 since March.
Of the 578 new cases reported Tuesday in Alaska residents, 328 were in Anchorage, plus seven in Chugiak, 38 in Eagle River and two in Girdwood; one in Anchor Point, one in Fritz Creek, five in Homer, 16 in Kenai, one in Nikiski, two in Seward, 20 in Soldotna, and two in Sterling; 13 in Kodiak; five in Cordova; 13 in Fairbanks and six in North Pole; six in Delta Junction; nine in Palmer and 28 in Wasilla; 14 in Nome; 12 in Utqiagvik; three in Kotzebue; one in Douglas and six in Juneau; one in Sitka; and 15 in Bethel.
Among communities smaller than 1,000 people that are not named to protect privacy, there were two in the northern Kenai Peninsula Borough; two in the Kodiak Island Borough; one in the Fairbanks North Star Borough; four in the Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area; one in the Nome Census Area; one in the Northwest Arctic Borough; one in the Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area; two in the Aleutians East Borough; one in the Aleutians West Census Area; seven in the Bethel Census Area; and one in the Kusilvak Census Area.
Five cases were reported Tuesday in nonresidents: one in Eagle River, one in the Northwest Arctic Borough and three in unidentified regions of the state.
While people might get tested more than once, each case reported by the state health department represents only one person.
Of the new cases, it is not reported how many patients were showing symptoms…