Novel coronavirus

This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (yellow)—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19—isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells (blue/pink) cultured in the lab.


State health officials have linked another Alaska death to COVID-19, marking the seventh fatality related to the disease to be reported in the last week and a half.

The deceased was an Anchorage man in his 70s. State health officials did not report that the man had any underlying health conditions.

Also Monday, the Department of Health and Social Services reported 61 new resident cases and 19 new nonresident cases of the disease.

Fairbanks residents accounted for four of the 61 new cases confirmed in Alaska residents over the 24-hour period from midnight to 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

A total of 410 Fairbanks North Star Borough residents have tested positive since COVID-19 first hit Alaska in mid-March. About 69% of these cases are deemed active by state health officials. Cases considered recovered are individuals who no longer require isolation, according the state health department.

The other cases included 40 Anchorage residents and 17 others spread among Juneau, Palmer, Wasilla, Utqiaġvik, the Northwest Arctic Borough, Bethel Census Area, Eagle River, Kusilvak Census Area, Metlakatla, Wrangell and Valdez.

These new cases bring the state cumulative total to 3,341. Almost 71% of these cases are categorized as active.

Seafood industry workers made up 16 of the 19 new nonresident cases reported Monday; seven in Kodiak, five in Seward, three in the combined Bristol Bay and Lake and Peninsula Boroughs and one in Juneau.

Other nonresident cases include two North Slope-based ConocoPhillips oil industry workers and one other unknown industry worker whose location also remains under investigation.

This brings the total number of nonresidents to have tested positive in the state of Alaska to 723. It remains unknown how many of the nonresident cases are considered recovered or active.

One new hospitalization was reported Monday, bringing the cumulative number of Alaskans to be hospitalized due to COVID-19 to 135. Currently there are 28 patients hospitalized statewide who are confirmed to have the disease and 10 others hospitalized who may have the disease but have yet to receive test results.

One COVID-positive patient is currently hospitalized in the Interior, with two other patients under investigation and awaiting test results. Hospitalizations are grouped by economic region rather than community, borough or municipality.

A total of 245,807 tests have been conducted to date. The average percentage of daily positive tests for the previous three days is 2.27%, according to the state health department.

Contact staff writer Erin McGroarty at 459-7544. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMpolitics.