State reports 29 new COVID-19 cases

State reports 29 new COVID-19 cases

A new single-day record.

The state reported Saturday 29 new cases of COVID-19 for Alaska.

That is the largest single-day increase reported by the state, and according to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, it brings the state’s total number of cases to 654 and number of active cases to 237. So far 405 Alaskans have recovered from COVID-19.

Common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, breathing trouble, sore throat, muscle pain, and loss of taste or smell. Most people develop only mild symptoms. But some people, usually those with other medical complications, develop more severe symptoms, including pneumonia, which can be fatal.

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The previous single-day high was 27 new cases reported on Sunday, May 31. The new spike comes a day after the state reported its latest COVID-19-related death.

There were no new cases for Juneau among the 29, according to DHSS data, but there were cases in multiple Southeast communities. One new case was reported for Wrangell, two for Sitka two for Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area and three for Ketchikan.

DHSS reported six new cases each for Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

Juneau residents exhibiting symptoms — even mild ones — can also call the local COVID-19 Screening Hotline. The number is 586-6000, and it is staffed 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

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

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