UPDATE: Two new cases of COVID-19 reported by DHSS Sunday

Alaska COVID-19 case count as of Sunday, April 26, 2020 according to data from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (KTUU)
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) — This story has been updated to include information about a case confirmed by the Department of Corrections Saturday night outside of Sunday's 24-hour reporting period.

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reported two new cases of COVID-19 in two different Alaska communities Sunday, bringing Alaska's coronavirus case count to 341.

The case in Sitka was first publicly reported Saturday, but fell outside of the previous 24-hour reporting period and was not included in the DHSS case count that day.

Of the newly reported cases, one is a male in North Pole, between the ages of 40 and 49, and one is a female in Sitka, between the ages of 60 and 69. The latter is the first confirmed case of coronavirus in Sitka, according to state data.

Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium confirmed Saturday that the patient is a resident at Sitka Long-Term Care, and was immediately isolated and transferred to Mt. Edgecumbe Medical Center.

The source of acquisition for both cases is unknown and under investigation.

On Sunday afternoon, another case not included in the previous 24-hour reporting was announced by the Department of Corrections.

In a release Sunday afternoon, DOC officials say the department received confirmation at 9 p.m. Saturday that an inmate at Goose Creek Correctional Center in Wasilla had tested positive.

DOC says the department and Goose Creek Correctional staff are working with the Alaska Section of Epidemiology to conduct a contact tracing investigation, and that the inmate who tested positive has been in isolation since April 19. Staff and inmates at Goose Creek were notified late Saturday night.

According to DOC, the inmate is the first within the department to test positive for COVID-19. Four inmates at GCCC have been tested to date, with one positive, one negative, and two pending results.

DOC says that to date, it has tested 63 inmates statewide, with one positive, 54 negatives, and eight pending results.

No new cases were reported as having recovered in the previous 24-hour reporting period, nor were any new deaths or hospitalizations reported.

  • Recovered: 217
  • Confirmed cases hospitalized: 36
  • Current confirmed cases or Persons Under Investigation hospitalized: 14
  • Deaths: 9



Alaska COVID-19 active cases, recovered cases, and deaths as of Sunday, April 26, 2020 (From Alaska Department of Health and Social Services)

According to DHSS data, of Alaska's 341 cases, 77 are the result of community spread, 89 are travel-related, 142 are secondary infections, and 33 are under investigation. State records show 171 cases are in female patients and 170 are in males, and that 16,177 tests have been completed statewide as of the latest reporting period.



Combined testing data from hospitals, commercial labs, and state labs as of Sunday, April 26, 2020 (from Alaska Department of Health and Social Services)

Municipality of Anchorage: 168

  • Anchorage: 152
  • Chugiak: 5
  • Eagle River: 8
  • Girdwood: 3

Kenai Peninsula Borough: 19

  • Anchor Point: 1
  • Homer: 2
  • Kenai: 4
  • Seward: 3
  • Soldotna: 6
  • Sterling: 3

Kodiak Island Borough: 1

  • Kodiak: 1

Fairbanks North Star Borough: 80

  • Fairbanks: 63
  • North Pole: 16
  • Other: 1

Southeast Fairbanks Census Area: 1

  • Delta Juncton: 1

Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area: 1

  • Other: 1

Matanuska-Susitna Borough: 20

  • Palmer: 9
  • Wasilla: 11

Northern Census Area: 1

  • Nome: 1

Southeast Alaska: 49

  • Juneau: 27
  • Ketchikan: 16
  • Petersburg: 3
  • Craig: 2
  • Sitka: 1

Bethel Census Area: 1

  • Bethel: 1

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