COVID-19. (Image via CDC)

COVID-19. (Image via CDC)

State sees decline in cases, reports new hospitalizations

Of the three most recent peninsula cases, two are Kenai residents and one is a Homer resident.

Alaska’s Department of Health and Social Services reported 50 new cases of COVID-19 across Alaska on Sunday and another 39 cases on Monday, with three new cases among Kenai Peninsula residents.

The state also reported another five hospitalizations associated with COVID-19 over the weekend, for a total of 219 patients hospitalized since the state began tracking the pandemic. As of Monday, there were 37 patients with COVID-19 hospitalized across Alaska. Another two under investigation for the disease were hospitalized. Of those patients, eight are being treated on a ventilator.

Statewide 2,044 residents are considered to have recovered from COVID-19, while there are 3,182 active cases among residents. On the peninsula there are 208 active resident cases and 145 active nonresident cases.

Of the three most recent peninsula cases, two are Kenai residents and one is a Homer resident.

As of Monday, 348,630 COVID-19 tests have been conducted statewide. The positivity rate of tests processed in the last seven days is 1.82%. On the peninsula, 15,968 tests have been conducted since March. The seven-day positivity rate for the peninsula is .6%.

Of the 15,968 tests conducted on the peninsula, 4,551 have been conducted at Central Peninsula Hospital, according to CPH public information officer Bruce Richards. The hospital has had 109 positive results and 4,392 negative results, with another 46 tests still pending. Another 7,789 tests have been conducted at South Peninsula Hospital, according to public information officer Derotha Ferraro. Of those, 113 have come back positive, 7,614 have come back negative and 62 are pending results.

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

In Homer, 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.

In Ninilchik, NTC Community Clinic is providing testing on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The testing is only for those traveling, symptomatic, needing testing for medical procedures, or with a known exposure after seven days. Only 20 tests will be offered per day. To make an appointment to be tested at the NTC Community Clinic, call 907-567-3970.

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

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