COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

70 new COVID cases, 6 on peninsula

All but one of those cases were among residents.

Alaska saw 70 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, with all but one of those cases among residents.

The communities that reported new cases Monday were Anchorage (36), Kenai (four), Wasilla (four), Chugiak (three), Eagle River (three), Juneau (three), Palmer (three), the Northwest Arctic Borough (two), Valdez (two), Willow (two), and one each in the Bethel Census Area, Fairbanks, the Kenai Peninsula Borough North, Sitka, Sterling, the Valdez-Cordova Census Area and the Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area.

The location of the one new nonresident case announced Monday is still unknown as investigation into the case is ongoing.

Statewide there are now 2,596 active cases among residents as well as 585 active nonresident cases. On the Kenai Peninsula, there are 352 active cases including residents and nonresidents.

Another two hospitalizations were reported Monday. In total 154 Alaska residents have been hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19. Currently there are 27 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 who are hospitalized and another 11 hospitalized patients who are still under investigation. Three of those patients are being treated on a ventilator.

When it comes to testing for COVID-19, a total of 280,343 tests have been conducted statewide. The average positivity rate of test results gathered in the last seven days is 2.28%.

Locally, Central Peninsula Hospital has conducted a total of 3,698 tests, according to Public Information Officer Bruce Richards. Of those, 74 have come back positive, 3,501 have come back negative and 119 are pending results.

South Peninsula Hospital has conducted a total of 6,821 tests, according to Public Information Officer Derotha Ferraro. Of those, 109 have come back positive, 6,522 have come back negative and 190 are pending results.

Testing locations

On the central peninsula, testing is available on the Central Peninsula at Capstone Family Clinic, K-Beach Medical, Soldotna Professional Pharmacy, Central Peninsula Urgent Care, Peninsula Community Health Services, Urgent Care of Soldotna, the Kenai Public Health Center and Odyssey Family Practice. Call Kenai Public Health at 907-335-3400 for information on testing criteria for each location.

In Homer, testing continues to be available from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily at South Peninsula Hospital’s main entrance as well as through SVT Health & Wellness clinics in Homer, Seldovia and Anchor Point. Call ahead at the hospital at 907-235-0235 and at the SVT clinics at 907-226-2228.

In Ninilchik, NTC Community Clinic is providing testing on Mondays, Wednesday and Friday. The testing is only for those traveling, symptomatic, needing testing for medical procedures, or with a known exposure after seven days. Only 20 tests will be offered per day. To make an appointment to be tested at the NTC Community Clinic, call 907-567-3970.

In Seward, testing is available at Providence Seward, Seward Community Health Center, Glacier Family Medicine and North Star Health Clinic.

Reach reporter Brian Mazurek at bmazurek@peninsulaclarion.com.

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