Alaska’s coronavirus surge continued Wednesday with data from the state health department showing 710 new infections and rising hospitalizations but no new deaths.
That marks the second-highest daily tally of new virus cases in the pandemic so far — the state reported 745 new COVID-19 cases on Nov.
Of the 700 new cases reported Wednesday among Alaska residents, 381 were in Anchorage, plus 19 in Eagle River, seven in Chugiak and one in Girdwood; 20 in Soldotna, 14 in Homer, 12 in Kenai, four in Sterling, three in Seward, two in Nikiski and two in Anchor Point; 27 in Wasilla, nine in Palmer, one in Big Lake, one in Houston and one in Willow; 21 in Fairbanks and four in North Pole; 18 in Bethel; 15 in Utqiagvik; 11 in Kodiak; 10 in Juneau; nine in Sitka; seven in Delta Junction; four in Nome; two in Tok; one in Ketchikan; one in Cordova; one in Chevak; and one in an unidentified region of the state.
Among communities smaller than 1,000 people not named to protect privacy, there were 65 resident cases in the Bethel Census Area; six in the Aleutians East Borough; four in the Kusilvak Census Area; three in the Dillingham Census Area; two in the northern Kenai Peninsula Borough; two in the Southeast Fairbanks Census Area; two in the North Slope Borough; one in the Valdez-Cordova Census Area; one in the Denali Borough; one in the Fairbanks North Star Borough; one in the Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area; one in the Mat-Su Borough; one in the Nome Census Area; and one in the Bristol Bay plus Lake and Peninsula boroughs.
Ten cases were reported Wednesday among nonresidents: three in Anchorage; one in a smaller community in the Northwest Arctic Borough; one in Juneau; and five in unidentified regions of the state.
While people might get tested more than once, each case reported by the state health department represents only one person.