Emergency worker Melanie Chavez takes a COVID-19 test sample at the Juneau International Airport screening site on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

State announces record number of COVID-19 cases

A new death was also reported.

The state announced 745 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday.

The 736 resident and nine nonresident cases combine to be a new single-day record of cases.

The cases were distributed among more than two dozen communities, according to Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. More than half of the new cases, 433 were in Anchorage. Double-digit, single-day cases were also reported in the following communities: 63 in Fairbanks, 44 in Eagle River, 31 in Wasilla, 19 in Bethel, 15 in Juneau, 14 in Soldotna, 13 in North Pole, 12 in Chugiak and 11 in Ketchikan.

City and Borough of Juneau typically reports new cases before they are reported by the state, so it is not immediately clear which of the 15 cases reported on Saturday have already been tallied by the city. CBJ reported 14 new cases on Friday.

Alaska State Department of Health and Social Services also reported a new death. The deceased was an Anchorage man in his 60s, according to the state.

So far 98 Alaskans have died with COVID-19, according to state data. Nine new hospitalizations were also reported. So far, 548 people have been hospitalized with the illness, according to the state.

There have been 22,014 COVID-19 cases among residents and 1,139 among nonresidents, according to the state. So far 6,513 people have recovered. There are 15,403 active cases statewide.

Contact the Juneau Empire newsroom at (907)308-4895.

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