This undated file photo provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows CDC’s laboratory test kit for the new coronavirus. (CDC via AP, File)

This undated file photo provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows CDC’s laboratory test kit for the new coronavirus. (CDC via AP, File)

COVID-19 cases continue to climb

Ten new cases were reported in Alaska on Monday.

Ten new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Alaska on Monday, six among Alaska residents and four among nonresidents, the Department of Health and Social Services announced.

The residential cases are located in Anchorage (three), the North Slope Borough (one), Palmer (one) and Wasilla (one).

Of the nonresidential cases, one is a visitor who was identified in the Wrangell-Petersburg Census Area and three are seafood industry workers who were identified in the Haines Borough.

Of the residential cases, two are male and four are female. Two are under the age of 10, one is between 10 and 19, one is between 20 and 29 and two are between 40 and 49.

The total number of Alaskan residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 is now at 761. Of those, 258 cases are still active while 491 have recovered. Sixteen recoveries were reported Monday.

There are currently 36 active cases of COVID-19 among residents of the Kenai Peninsula Borough. One is in Anchor Point, one is in Fritz Creek, sixteen are in Homer, two are in Kenai, one is in Nikiski, five are in Seward and 10 are listed as “other south.”

Cases within communities of fewer than 1,000 people are included in the count for their borough or census area but are listed as “other.” Cases on the Kenai Peninsula are divided into northern and southern cases, using the northern border of South Peninsula Hospital as the dividing line.

One new hospitalization was reported Monday. Currently 13 people who are either COVID-positive or are awaiting test results are hospitalized.

Statewide, 90,824 tests have been conducted for a three-day average positivity rate of .89%. Locally, Central Peninsula Hospital has conducted 1,784 tests, with 18 coming back positive, 1,682 negative and 83 pending results. South Peninsula Hospital has conducted 3,609 tests, with 70 coming back positive, 3,381 coming back negative, and 158 pending results. Seldovia Village Tribe’s Health and Wellness Center, which operates out of Seldovia, Homer and Anchor Point, has conducted 497 tests, with 11 coming back positive, 484 negative and two pending results.

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