Just one day after another Alaskan death was linked to COVID-19, the state sailed past its previous daily case record to report 231 new cases on Sunday among 186 state residents and 45 nonresidents.
Of the reported resident cases, 158 occurred in the Anchorage Municipality; 11 in Fairbanks North Star Borough; four in Matanuska-Susitna Borough; two each in Juneau City and Borough, the combined Yakutat and Hoonah-Angoon Census Area and the Wrangell City and Borough; and one each in the Aleutians West Census Area, Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Sitka City and Borough, Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area, Prince of Whales-Hyder Census Area, Kenai Peninsula Borough and Ketchikan Gateway Borough.
On Saturday, the state Department of Health and Social Services reported Alaska’s 20th death from the disease or complications associated with it. That total includes some who died out of state.
The patient whose death was reported Saturday was a male Fairbanks resident in his 70s who had preexisting conditions.
Also Saturday, the state reported 115 new cases of COVID-19 — 88 among residents and 27 among nonresidents.
Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska’s chief medical officer, on Friday tweeted about the urgency in tracking down people who have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus.
“With cases rising DHSS is asking that if you test positive you call your close contacts as soon as you are able to do so,” she wrote. “The quicker someone knows to isolate or quarantine, the better chances we have as a community to keep the spread of this virus in check.”
“Every day that a case or close contacts may still be out in the community, potentially exposing others, puts everyone at risk. If you know you’ve had exposure, self-quarantine and monitor for symptoms as soon as you know you’ve had close contact with an infected individual,” she added in a follow-up tweet.