This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the coronavirus that 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 coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. (NIAID-RML via AP)

State reports 55 cases, 1 in Juneau

Hospital employee among those testing positive.

The state set a new single-day record Friday for the number of Alaskans reported to have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Fifty-one cases were reported for residents, according to Department of Health and Social Services data. Additionally, four nonresident cases were reported.

No new deaths or hospitalizations were reported, according to state data. There have been 1,324 cumulative cases involving residents and 718 are active. So far there have been 588 recoveries, 80 hospitalizations and 17 deaths statewide, according to state data. There have been 258 nonresident cases in the state.

A Juneau resident was among the new cases reported by the state.

That’s the city’s 53rd COVID-19 case, according to city data. Two resident cases and one nonresident case are still active, according to City and Borough of Juneau.

The Juneauite is an employee at Bartlett Regional Hospital, CBJ said in a news release. The person will return to work when the state determines there is no risk of spreading the coronavirus.

All hospital employees were notified yesterday, and potential COVID-19 exposure is not widespread, the city said. No patients were identified by the Division of Public Health as close contacts of the person.

A Bartlett Regional Hospital spokesperson declined to comment.



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