Alaska sets new COVID-19 daily record with 231 new cases; another fatality recorded in Fairbanks | Alerts

UPDATED 3:15 p.m.: Another person has died in Fairbanks due to complications from COVID-19, according to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. This is the second death in Fairbanks in two days that has been linked to the disease.

A Sunday afternoon news release identified the latest fatality as that of a 67-year-old male whose place of residence was not disclosed. It remains unclear at this time whether the man suffered underlying health complications. 

This announcement from hospital officials comes just one day after a Saturday report of a COVID-linked death of a Fairbanks man in his 70s who had underlying health concerns. 

The state sailed past its previous daily case record to report 231 new cases this afternoon among 186 state residents and 45 nonresidents. 

Eleven Fairbanks North Star Borough residents are among the cases announced this morning, while 158 of the resident cases are recorded as Alaskans from the Anchorage Municipality.

The remaining 17 resident cases were confirmed among four residents of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, two residents each from the Juneau City and Borough, the combined Yakutat and Hoonah-Angoon Census Area and the Wrangell City and Borough and one resident each from the Aleutians West Census Area, Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Sitka City and Borough, Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area, Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area, Kenai Peninsula Borough and Ketchikan Gateway Borough. 

This brings the total number of Alaskan residents to have tested positive for COVID-19 since the disease first hit Alaskan in mid-March to 2,524 –– nearly 67% of which are currently deemed active. 

The 11 new cases confirmed in residents of the Fairbanks North Star Borough today bring the borough total to 369, about 70% of which remain active.

Of the 45 total nonresident cases announced today, three nonresidents in the Fairbanks North Star Borough have tested positive for the disease — one who is a visitor and two whose reason for being in the state remains unclear at this time.

A total of 32 nonresident seafood industry workers in the Kenai Peninsula Borough have also tested positive, as have three other nonresidents, also in the Kenai Peninsula Borough, whose reason for being in the state remains unknown. 

The location and reason behind seven of the total 45 nonresident cases remains unknown, according to state data. 

This brings the total number of nonresident cases in the state to 578. It remains unclear at this time how many of those cases remain active. 

No new hospitalizations or deaths were reported today. The most recent death linked to COVID-19 was that of a Fairbanks man in his 70s who experienced underlying health conditions, according to a state health department report Saturday. 

This story will be updated as more information becomes available. 

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

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