Sunday saw the highest daily increase of COVID-19 cases in Alaska, as the epidemic began in March, with 526 new infections reported by the Department of Health and Social Services COVID-19 dashboard.
A week after Sunday’s climb in record numbers represent a major boom across the state, including a dramatic increase in rural communities throughout the Yukon-Kuskokovim Delta region. The previous highest daily case increase was on Saturday, with 355 COVID-19 cases reported.
Three-digit case numbers came in Alaska for the 32nd consecutive day on Sunday.
There was no new death on Sunday. The state’s per capita death rate is one of the lowest in the country. A total of 68 Alaskans have died with COVID-19.
58 Alaskans with COVID-19 did not remain hospitalized the day before their hospitalization. On Friday, 59 people were hospitalized with the disease, a record for the state. Hospitalization is known as a “lagging indicator”, meaning that those hospitalized with COVID-19 may have tested positive weeks before.
The state’s test positivity rate as of Sunday was 6.32% above the seven-day rolling average.
Of the 520 cases in Alaska residents, 193 were in Anchorage, plus two in Chugiak, 13 in Eagle River and one in Girdwood; Three were in Homer, 11 in Kenai, one in Seward, 17 in Saltanna and two in Sterling; Two were in Kodiak; One was in Valdez; Was in a heali; 65 were in Fairbanks and 10 in the North Pole; One at Delta Junction; Three were in Toka; There were two in Big Lake, three in Houston, 18 in Palmer, 49 in Wasilla and two in Willow; One was in Nome; Seven were in Utkigvik; Eight were in Kotzebu; One was in Douglas and 34 in Juneau; One in Ketchikan; Three in Sitka; Two in Skagway; Nine at Bethel; Two in Dolingam; 16 in Chewock and one in Hooper Bay.
In communities smaller than 1,000 that were not identified to protect privacy, there were three in the North Kenai Peninsula Borough and one in the South Kenai Peninsula Borough; Three in the Valdez-Cordova census tract; Two at Fairbanks North Star Borough; One in the Southeast Fairbanks Census Area; Five in the Yukon-Koyuk census region; One of Matanuska-Susitna Burrows; In the two Nome census zones; One in the Northwest Arctic Borough; One of the Prince of Wales-Hyder census tracts; In a yakut plus huna-angoon; 11 in the Bethal Census Area; One in Bristol Bay plus Lake and Peninsula Borough; One in the Dillingham Census Area; And one in the Cusilak census region.
On Sunday, six cases were reported among non-residents, one in Kenai, two in Prudo Bay and three cases have been marked as unknown by the State Health Department.