This 2020 electron microscope made available by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention image shows the spherical coronavirus particles from the first U.S. case of COVID-19. (C.S. Goldsmith, A. Tamin/CDC via AP)

This 2020 electron microscope made available by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention image shows the spherical coronavirus particles from the first U.S. case of COVID-19. (C.S. Goldsmith, A. Tamin/CDC via AP)

7 new COVID-19 cases, 4 on peninsula

Cases were reported in Anchorage, Kenai, Homer and in unspecified areas of the peninsula.

On Monday, Alaska’s Department of Health and Social Services reported seven new cases of residents who have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the state’s total number of cases to 467.

No new nonresident cases were reported. That total remains at 21.

The seven new resident cases are distributed among four areas: three in Anchorage, one in the city of Kenai, one in Homer and two in unspecified communities of the Kenai Peninsula Borough. Cases within communities of fewer than 1,000 people are included in the count for their borough or census area but are not specifically listed. This data reflects information reported to DHSS between 12 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. the previous day.

Of the new cases, five are male and two are female. Two are under the age of 10, one is between the ages of 10 and 19, one is between the ages of 20-29, one is between the ages of 30 and 39 and two are between the ages of 50-59.

No new hospitalizations or deaths were reported yesterday. Those totals remain at 47 and 10, respectively. Ten people are currently hospitalized who are either COVID-positive or are under investigation.

No new recoveries were reported. That total remains at 368. There are currently 89 active resident cases.

A total of 54,190 tests for COVID-19 have been conducted across the state. Locally, Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna has conducted 1,138 tests, with 14 positive, 1,094 negative and 30 pending results.

South Peninsula Hospital in Homer has conducted 1,317 tests, with 21 positive, 1,153 negative and 143 pending results.

In the Kenai Peninsula Borough, 22 of the cases have recovered and 25 are currently active. In addition, two Anchor Point residents have died after testing positive for COVID-19.

One was a man in his 30s who died while out of state, and the other was a man in his 80s who died while being treated at South Peninsula Hospital.

The active cases on the peninsula are distributed among the following communities: Anchor Point (one), Fritz Creek (one), Homer (six), Kenai (six), Nikiski (one), Soldotna (two) and “other” (eight).

For the latest information on the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, visit covid19.alaska.gov or email covidquestions@alaska.gov.

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