State reports 4 deaths, 37 new cases

Both numbers are unusual.

The state reported on Tuesday the most COVID-19-related deaths in a single day since the pandemic began. However, not all of the deaths are recent, according to Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

The deceased were all Anchorage residents, according to DHSS, and included a man in his 70s; a women in her 60s; a man in his 80s, who died in mid-July; and a woman in her 80s who died earlier this month.

The deaths that occurred weeks ago were identified during a routine review of death certificates, according to the state. Thirty-six residents have now died with COVID-19, according to the state.

Three new hospitalizations were reported, too. They bring the total to 205, according to state data.

In addition to the hospitalization and deaths, the state reported 37 new COVID-19 cases in 12 communities. That’s a relatively small single-day increase as 72 new cases were reported Monday, 66 were reported Sunday, 92 were reported Saturday and 73 were reported Friday.

Among the cases reported Tuesday, nearly half, 15, are in Anchorage. Wasilla and Fairbanks each tallied four new cases, according to the state. Three new cases are in Utqiaġvik and one each in Eagle River, Juneau, Kenai, Ketchikan, the Nome Census Area, Northwest Arctic Borough, Palmer and Soldotna.

Three nonresident cases were also reported with one each in Nome Census Area, Unalaska and Ketchikan, according to state data.

So far, there have been 823 total nonresident cases and 4,843 resident cases, according to state data, and 1,779 people have recovered.

• Contact the Juneau Empire newsroom at 308-4895.

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