COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

DHSS: 150 new cases

Affected peninsula communities include Nikiski and Soldotna.

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services announced 150 new COVID-19 cases in Alaska on Wednesday, including two that were reported in the Kenai Peninsula Borough. Affected peninsula communities include Nikiski with one case and Soldotna with one case. The new cases bring Alaska’s statewide case total to 59,917, including 57,449 reported among residents and 2,468 reported among nonresidents.

On Wednesday, the Kenai Peninsula Borough had the third-lowest average daily case rate over 14 days in the state, at 6.18 cases per 100,000 people. The borough is considered to be at intermediate risk level.

Also on Wednesday, the state reported 46 new cases in Anchorage, 33 in Wasilla, 13 in Palmer, 11 in Fairbanks, six in Eagle River, five in Bethel Census Area, five in Delta Junction, three in Chugiak, three in Fairbanks North Star Borough, three in Juneau, three in North Pole, three in Unalaska and one each in Cordova, Denali Borough, Girdwood, Kusilvak Census Area, Nome Census Area, Sutton-Alpine, Tok and Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area.

Six nonresident cases were also reported, including three in Anchorage, two in Unalaska and one in Homer.

Two new hospitalizations and no new deaths were reported Wednesday, bringing statewide totals to 1,270 and 301 among residents, respectively. As of Wednesday, there were 35 people hospitalized due to COVID-19 in Alaska, including two who were considered persons under investigation for the disease. One of the patients was on a ventilator.

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