Kodiak announced two new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday as Alaska reported a record-high eight deaths statewide associated with the virus. 

The two Kodiak cases bring the island’s number of active cases to 16. Nine people have completed their quarantine periods and have been taken off the active case list. The new cases bring the total number of reported cases in Kodiak to 146 since the pandemic began. 

One of the new cases is a Kodiak resident who contracted the virus through community spread, meaning public health workers were not able to determine where the infection came from. 

The other is a close contact of a previously announced case. 

On Tuesday, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services announced 531 new people identified with COVID-19 in Alaska, as well as eight deaths associated with the virus — the highest single-day death count in the state since the pandemic started.

Of the new cases, 524 were residents: 229 in Anchorage, 40 in Wasilla, 31 in Fairbanks, 25 in Kenai, 23 in Soldotna, 15 in Bethel, 11 in Palmer, 11 in Utqiagvik, 10 in Eagle River, nine in North Pole, seven in Ketchikan, five in Kotzebue, four in Juneau, three in Chugiak, three in Sterling, three in Healy, two in Kodiak, two in Nikiski, two in Chevak, two in Hooper Bay and one each in Homer, Seward, Valdez, Willow and Dillingham.

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