This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, yellow, emerging from the surface of cells, blue/pink, cultured in the lab. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. (Photo by the Canadian Press/AP-NIAID-RML via AP)

State reports 18 COVID-19 deaths

Of 18 deaths, five were recent, according to the state.

A day after the nation’s first COVID-19 vaccine gained approval, Alaska announced a single-day record of 18 deaths.

Five of the deaths reported on Friday are recent, according Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, and 13 occurred over the past several months and were identified during death certificate reviews.

The recent deaths include a Kenai woman in her 90s, a Kenai man in his 70s, an Anchorage woman in her 70s, an Anchorage man in his 70s and a Utqiaġvik man in his 60s, according to the state.

The less recent deaths include an Anchorage women in her 90s, two Anchorage women in their 80s, an Anchorage man in his 80s, an Anchorage women in her 70s, an Anchorage man in his 70s, an Anchorage woman in her 50s, an Anchorage man in his 50s, a Bethel Census Area woman in her 80s, a Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area man in his 80s, a Wasilla woman in her 80s, a Southeast Fairbanks Census Area man in his 60s and a Kusilvak Census Area resident in her 20s.

The newly counted deaths bring the total number of Alaskans who have died with COVID-19 to 175, according to state data. In 2017, the most recent year on record, 175 deaths would be the seventh leading cause of death in Alaska behind cancer, heart disease, accidents, chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke and suicide, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In addition to the deaths, the state reported 533 new people —527 residents and six nonresidents —tested positive for COVID-19.

Among the new positives, according to the state, are 200 people in Anchorage, 56 in Bethel, 54 in Fairbanks, 50 in Wasilla, 25 in Kodiak, 17 in Eagle River, 13 in the Kusilvak Census Area, 13 in North Pole, 11 in Utqiaġvik, 10 in Kenai, nine in Homer, nine in Palmer, seven in Chugiak, seven in Soldotna, five in the Bethel Census Area, four in Juneau, three in Kenai Peninsula Borough South, three in Kenai, three in Sterling, two in Chevak, to in Fairbanks North Sar Borough, two in Nome, two in North Slope Borough, two in Unalaska and one each in Bristol Bay/Lake and Peninsula, Cordova, Craig, Delta Junction, Healy, Kenai Peninsula Borough North, Ketchikan, Seward, Valdez-Vordova Census Area and Willow.

There have now been 39,101 cases among residents and 1,396 among nonresidents, according to the state.

• Contact Ben Hohenstatt at (907)308-4895 or Follow him on Twitter at @BenHohenstatt.

More in News

(Juneau Empire file photo)
Aurora forecast for the week of Feb. 26

These forecasts are courtesy of the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Geophysical Institute… Continue reading

Liana Wallace offers a water blessing during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Augustus G. Brown Swimming Pool on Friday following nearly a year of renovations. The pool is scheduled to reopen for public use on Tuesday. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
Ribbon-cutting for Augustus G. Brown Swimming Pool a blessing for longtime users after 11-month renovation

Infrastructure upgrades, new locker rooms and student tile art in lobby greet visitors at ceremony.

The Alaska State Capitol in Juneau is seen on Friday, Feb. 23. (James Brooks/Alaska Beacon)
Alaska Legislature plans March 12 vote on Gov. Dunleavy’s executive orders

Order giving governor full control of Alaska Marine Highway Operations board among six scheduled.

Brenda Josephson, a Haines resident, testifies in favor of a bill setting statewide standards for municipal property assessors during a state Senate Community and Regional Affairs Committee hearing Thursday. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
Statewide standards for municipal property assessments sought in bill by Juneau lawmaker

Some residents say legislation doesn’t go far enough, want limits on annual valuation increases.

The front page of the Juneau Empire on Feb. 26, 2004. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
Empire Archives: Juneau’s history for the week of March 2

Three decades of capital city coverage.

Rep. Ben Carpenter, R-Nikiski, speaks Thursday, April 27, 2023, at a news conference in Juneau. (James Brooks/Alaska Beacon)
Alaska House considers constitutional guarantee for Permanent Fund dividend

The Alaska House of Representatives will vote as soon as Friday morning… Continue reading

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire file photo)
Police calls for Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024

This report contains public information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire file photo)
Police calls for Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024

This report contains public information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

Alexei Painter, director of Alaska’s Legislative Finance Division, presents an update of the state’s budget situation for the coming year to the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
Analysis: Balanced state budget next year can include a $1,535 PFD and $680 BSA increase

However, a “statutory” $3,688 PFD would result in a deficit of more than $1.2 billion, report says.

Most Read