Alaska set a record for coronavirus-related hospitalizations and reported 1,024 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, reflecting stubbornly high virus transmission within the state and the ongoing impacts of a surge driven by the highly contagious delta variant.
By Thursday, there were 235 people hospitalized with COVID-19 around the state — a higher count than at any point during the pandemic, state data showed.
“We continue to be functioning in the darkest days of the pandemic, and while there are some hopeful signs, our hospitals and caregivers need our support now more than ever,” Jared Kosin, president of the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association, said Thursday.
Alaska on Thursday recorded one more COVID-19 death through a certificate review — involving a Kenai Peninsula woman in her 60s who died in August — while Fairbanks Memorial Hospital reported three virus-related deaths.
State health officials said Thursday that COVID-19 is the third-leading underlying cause of death in 2021 so far.
states at 10.5 deaths per 100,000 — though that data includes dozens of deaths that were reported this week but occurred earlier.