COVID-19. (CDC)

COVID-19. (CDC)

State reports 19 new COVID-19 cases

Twelve of the new cases are Alaska residents and seven are nonresidents.

Nineteen new COVID-19 cases were reported by Alaska’s Department of Health and Social Services Thursday, with 12 of the new cases Alaska residents and seven nonresidents, according to the latest information on the state’s Coronavirus Response Hub.

There have now been 708 residents and 89 nonresidents who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Alaska. The majority of cases — 449 — have recovered, while 247 are currently active.

Across the state, 81,85 tests for COVID-19 have been conducted since the beginning of the outbreak. The results received in the past three days have shown a positivity rate of .66%.

One of the new resident cases reported Thursday is located on the Kenai Peninsula, which currently has 52 active cases. The active cases on the peninsula are in Anchor Point (two), Fritz Creek (two), Homer (20), Kenai (five), Nikiski (two), Seward (one), Soldotna (seven), other north (one) and other south (12).

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.” “Other” cases on the peninsula are divided between the northern part of the peninsula and the southern part.

One new hospitalization associated with COVID-19 was reported Thursday. Across the state, there are currently 18 people hospitalized who have either tested positive for the disease or are awaiting test results.

No new deaths were reported on Thursday.

For more on the pandemic, visit covid19.alaska.gov or email covidquestions@alaska.gov.

Reach reporter Brian Mazurek at bmazurek@peninsulaclarion.com.

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