State reports more than 20 new COVID-19 cases

The state reported Saturday 21 new cases of COVID-19 involving Alaskans.

None of the new cases were reported in Juneau, according to Department of Health and Social Services data, and two new cases were reported for Southeast Alaska. Both were in Sitka. The state also reported two new cases involving non-residents. One was in the Wrangell-Petersburg Census Area and involved a seafood industry worker, the other was in the Fairbanks North Star Borough and involved someone working in the mining industry.

Seven of the new cases reported were in the Fairbanks North Star Borough and five were in Anchorage, according to the state.

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. The vast majority of people recover.

The state now has 267 active COVID-19 cases, according to DHSS, and 743 cases total. So far, 464 Alaskans have recovered.

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