The state health department said the newly reported deaths involved a man in his 30s in Anchorage and a non-resident in Soldotna, the first non-resident death in Alaska. Since March, 97 Alaskans and one non-resident of the state have died.
As of Friday, 108 people in Alaska were currently hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19-also very high-while another 13 hospitalized patients were suspected of having the disease.
Hospital officials and public health experts continued to express concern this week that the continued increase in new cases and hospitalizations could soon overtake the state’s limited medical system. They said that due to recent contacts, more and more medical staff have been isolated and isolated.
Health officials said that with the increase in cases, resources across the state, including health care workers and contact trackers, have become increasingly strained. In Anchorage, the contact tracker will spread most new cases in a day. However, according to Dr. Janet Johnston, an epidemiologist at the Anchorage Health Department, only close contacts identified as “high-risk” receive calls .
She said that people who test positive should be encouraged to have close contact with themselves. If they have any symptoms, they should be tested immediately, and if they are asymptomatic, they should be tested one week after their last contact.
City health officials said that further restrictions may be needed to control the pandemic.
Johnston said on Friday: “Ideally, we want to see what the impact of the recent changes in emergency orders is.” On Monday, Anchorage implemented stricter mask regulations and new restrictions on party numbers.
She said: “My feeling is that what they are doing is reducing the growth rate. If we want to really flatten the curve and reduce the number of cases, we will need to take more extreme measures.”
The new case in Alaska is also part of an unprecedented acceleration curve across the country. The United States announced a new single-day record on Thursday, with more than 153,000 new coronavirus cases-breaking the record for the seventh time in nine days.
Alaska health officials say transmission occurs almost anywhere where people mix. According to the latest news sent by the state health department on Friday, most Alaskans get COVID-19 from friends, family or colleagues.
The leaders of the states of Alaska, including Governor Mike Dunleavy, are advising residents to take the virus seriously to avoid the most serious consequences, and continue to ask people to avoid gatherings, wash their hands regularly, keep their distance from society and wear masks.
“The vaccine appears to be safe and effective,” said Dr. Bruce Chandler, a medical staff member of the Anchorage Health Department. He said: “If these results are confirmed when the trial is completed, then we may actually get the first dose of vaccine next month.” To achieve this, several obstacles still need to be cleared.
Of the 584 resident cases reported by the state on Friday, 242 were in Anchorage, another 19 were in Eagle River, two were in Chugiak, and one was in Kidwood; 50 in Wasilla; and Fell Banks 44; 39 in Soldotna; 28 in Palmer; Kenai 24 years old; Juno 22 years old; 18 in the Arctic; Delta Junction 10; Utcagvik eight; Homer Eight; Bethel eight; Sitka eight; Seward seven; Four pounds Kodiak four; Nome three; Great Lakes two; Dillingham two; one One of the willows is in Kotzebue; the Douglas family; one is in Petersburg; one is Nikki and the other is at anchor.
Among the less than 1,000 unnamed privacy-protected communities, the Kenai Peninsula borough in the north has 6 resident cases. There are four southeast Fairbanks census tracts; four of Bristol Bay, lakes and peninsula boroughs; three of Bethel census tracts; three of Valdez-Cordova census tracts One; one in Matanuska-Susitana Borough; one in Nome Census Area; one in North Slope Borough; one of Northwest Arctic Region; one in Hyde Census, Prince of Wales.
The state also reported five non-resident cases: one in Anchorage, one in the Northwest Arctic borough, and three in unidentified areas of the state.
In the new cases, it has not been reported how many patients showed symptoms of the virus when they tested positive. Although people may undergo multiple inspections, each case reported by the national health department represents only one person.
As of Friday, the state’s positive test rate was 7.24%, a 7-day rolling average. Health officials say that a positive rate of more than 5% may indicate a high rate of community transmission and insufficient testing.