This 2020 electron microscope image provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - Rocky Mountain Laboratories shows SARS-CoV-2 virus particles which causes COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells cultured in a lab. (NIAID-RML via AP)

This 2020 electron microscope image provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - Rocky Mountain Laboratories shows SARS-CoV-2 virus particles which causes COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells cultured in a lab. (NIAID-RML via AP)

State reports 68 new cases

None for Juneau, but more info shared about previously reported case.

The state reported Thursday 68 new COVID-19 cases and two new hospitalizations.

No new deaths were reported by Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

So far, 111 Alaskans have been hospitalized with COVID-19 and 19 have died, according to state data.

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 that can be fatal.

Of the newly reported cases, 65 are residents and three are nonresidents, according to state data.

The state reported no new cases for Juneau. However, City and Borough of Juneau announced one of the seven resident cases reported Wednesday in the capital city is a Bartlett Regional Hospital employee.

They are the second hospital employee to test positive and will not return to work until the state determines there is no further risk of transmission, according to a City and Borough of Juneau news release. Safety protocols already in place at the hospital mean potential COVID-19 exposure is not widespread among hospital employees, and no patients were identified as close contacts.

Juneau has had 73 resident cases and 40 nonresident cases so far, according to the city. So far, 54 residents have recovered, and 17 cases are currently considered active. Twenty-nine nonresident cases are active.

People with active cases are in isolation, according to the city, and Public Health nurses in Juneau are tracking 26 close contacts.

Statewide, there have now been 2,684 COVID-19 cases in the state —2,192 residents and 492 nonresidents. So far 787 residents have recovered. There are 1,386 active resident cases.

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