UPDATE: Two more COVID-19 deaths reported, Alaska case count increases to 171

Alaska COVID-19 case count as of Saturday, April 4, 2020 according to Alaska Department of Health and Social Services data (KTUU)
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) — Alaska's COVID-19 case count increased to 171, with two new deaths and one new hospitalization reported.

The new cases were reported in the following areas:

  • Anchorage: 7
  • Eagle River/Chugiak: 1
  • Fairbanks: 3
  • North Pole: 1
  • Juneau: 1
  • Anchor Point: 1

A press release from Foundation Health Partners, which operates Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, confirms that a 73-year-old passed away at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital on Friday.

FMH says the patient, who was admitted to the hospital on March 25, had underlying health conditions.

A press release from the Department of Health and Social Services the Anchor Point case reported Saturday involved a middle-aged male who developed symptoms of and subsequently died of COVID-19 out of state on March 29.

According to DHSS, it was notified of that individual's death by health officials in the state where the individual died, which was not identified in the release by DHSS.

“Our hearts go out to the families of these deceased Alaskans,” Gov. Mike Dunleavy said in the state release. “This is a heartbreaking reminder of how important it is for all of us to continue doing our part to slow down the transmission of this virus by strictly adhering to the social distancing and travel mandates and other health advisories.”

Of all the new cases reported Saturday, one is aged 10-19, two are aged 20-29, two are aged 30-39, four are aged 40-49, two are aged 50-59, one is aged 60-69, and one is aged 70-79.

A total of 16 people have been hospitalized in Alaska for COVID-19 related illnesses.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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