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DHSS: 157 new cases

The new cases bring Alaska’s statewide case total to 61,089.

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services announced 157 new COVID-19 cases in Alaska on Thursday, including four that were reported in the Kenai Peninsula Borough. Affected peninsula communities include Seward with three cases and Anchor Point with one case.

The new cases bring Alaska’s statewide case total to 61,089, including 58,580 reported among residents and 2,509 reported among nonresidents.

On Thursday, the Kenai Peninsula Borough had an average daily 14-day case rate of 6.91 cases per 100,000 people. The borough is considered to be at intermediate risk level.

Also on Thursday, the state reported 60 cases in Anchorage, 19 in Wasilla, 15 in Bethel Census Area, 11 in Fairbanks, seven in Palmer, six in North Pole, five in Chugiak, four in Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, three in Delta Junction, two in Copper River Census Area, two in Eagle River, two in Tok, two in Willow and one each in Aleutians East Borough, Big Lake, Fairbanks North Star Borough, Healy, Juneau, Mat-Su Borough, Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area, Salcha, Valdez and Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area.

Five new nonresident cases were also reported, including two in Anchorage, two in Unalaska and one in Fairbanks.

As of Thursday, there were 39 people hospitalized due to COVID-19 in Alaska, including three who were considered persons under investigation for the disease. One of the patients was on a ventilator.

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

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