COVID-19. (CDC)

COVID-19. (CDC)

State reports 1 new COVID death, no new peninsula cases

The person who died was an Anchorage man who was in his 70s.

Alaska’s Department of Health and Social Services reported the 25th death of an Alaska resident associated with COVID-19 Monday, in addition to 80 new cases among residents and nonresidents.

The person who died was an Anchorage man who was in his 70s, according to a Monday press release from DHSS.

The 80 cases that were reported Monday include 61 residents and 19 nonresidents. Most of the resident cases were identified in Anchorage (40), with cases also being reported in Fairbanks (four), Juneau (three), Palmer (two), Wasilla (two), Utqiagvik (two), the Northwest Arctic Borough (two), and one each in the Bethel Census Area, Eagle River, Kusilvak Census Area, Metlakatla, Wrangell and Valdez. No resident cases were identified on the Kenai Peninsula on Monday.

Of the 19 nonresident cases reported Monday, five were identified as seafood workers in Seward.

The state also reported one new hospitalization of a person who tested positive for COVID-19, for a total of 135 hospitalizations since the state began tracking the pandemic. That number includes people that have since died or recovered and gone home, and does not reflect current hospitalizations.

Currently, there are 28 people diagnosed with COVID-19 who are hospitalized and another 10 people hospitalized who are under investigation. Four of these people currently require treatment on a ventilator.

A total of 245,807 tests have been conducted statewide as of Monday. The average positivity rate for test results in the past three days is 2.27%.

Central Peninsula Hospital has conducted a total of 3,383 tests, with 59 coming back positive, 3,234 coming back negative and 56 pending results, according to Public Information Officer Bruce Richards.

South Peninsula Hospital has conducted a total of 6,382 tests, with 107 coming back positive, 6,153 coming back negative and 122 pending results.

This report is based on data received by DHSS from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. the previous day.

Testing on the Kenai Peninsula

On the central peninsula, testing is available 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.

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

Call Kenai Public Health at 907-335-3400 for information on testing criteria for each location.

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.

Testing is also available at the NTC Community Clinic in Ninilchik. The NTC Community Clinic is the Indian Health Service provider for the Ninilchik Tribe.

The clinic is providing testing with a rapid testing machine to those with symptoms, travelers and asymptomatic people. There are currently no restrictions on who can get tested. To make an appointment to be tested at the NTC Community Clinic, call 907-567-3970.

Reach reporter Brian Mazurek at bmazurek@peninsulaclarion.com.

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