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. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. (NIAID-RML via AP)

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. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. (NIAID-RML via AP)

State reports 54 new cases, 1 in Juneau

Newly reported cases of the coronavirus dipped Tuesday for the second straight day.

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reported 54 confirmed COVID-19 cases statewide. Residents accounted for 40 of those cases and nonresidents for 14, according to state data. Five new hospitalizations and no new deaths were reported.

So far, there have been 92 Alaskans hospitalized and 17 who died with COVID-19, according to state data. Twenty-five people are currently COVID-19 positive and hospitalized

Monday, the state had reported 71 cases. Those new cases came on the heels of respective single-day increases of 77 and 116 on Saturday and Sunday.

[COVID-19 case count continues climb]

During a Monday evening news conference, state officials, including Gov. Mike Dunleavy, encouraged Alaskans to practice social distancing and to wear face coverings when distancing is difficult or impossible in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

A new case was reported Tuesday for City and Borough of Juneau, according to state data. It is the city’s 58th case.

Of those cases, 52 have been residents and six have been nonresidents.

How the person acquired the disease is under investigation, according to the state.

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