COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

12 new peninsula cases, 232 statewide

The borough is considered to be at intermediate risk level.

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services announced 232 new COVID-19 cases in Alaska on Thursday. That includes one new nonresident case and 12 on the Kenai Peninsula. Affected peninsula communities include Seward with seven cases, Kenai with two cases, Soldotna with two cases and Anchor Point with one case.

The new cases bring Alaska’s statewide case total to 63,298, including 60,723 reported among residents and 2,575 reported among nonresidents.

On Thursday, the Kenai Peninsula Borough had an average daily 14-day case rate of 7.39 cases per 100,000 people. The borough is considered to be at intermediate risk level.

The state also reported 94 cases in Anchorage, 34 in Wasilla, 21 in Palmer, 15 in Bethel Census Area, 10 in Fairbanks, nine in Eagle River, seven in Chugiak, five in North Pole, four in Delta Junction, two in Big Lake, two in Nome, two in Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, two in Valdez, two in Willow and one each in Chevak, Healy, Juneau, Kodiak, Kotzebue, Kusilvak Census Area, Mat-Su Borough, Petersburg, Unalaska and Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area.

One new nonresident case was also reported and has a location still under investigation.

The state also reported three new hospitalizations and no new deaths among residents among Alaska residents, bringing statewide totals to date to 1,365 and 309, respectively. As of Thursday, there were 34 people hospitalized due to COVID-19 in Alaska. Five of the patients were on ventilators.

Reach reporter Ashlyn O’Hara at ashlyn.ohara@peninsulaclarion.com.

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