Another one-day record in COVID-19 infections in Alaska

Data from the state health department showing cases by date reported. “Alaska resident cases” means Alaska residents diagnosed with COVID-19, both in and out of the state. “Non-resident cases” mean the number of people from outside of the state who were diagnosed with COVID-19 while in Alaska. “Total” case numbers are cumulative (i.e., include people who have recovered). (Graphic by David Purdy/KTOO)

Alaska recorded fifty [50] new coronavirus cases from Wednesday, but no new deaths or hospitalizations.

It’s the biggest one-day increase in infections in Alaska since the state began tracking the disease in March — breaking the prior record set earlier this week.

The new COVID-19 cases include 39 Alaskans and 11 nonresidents.

The latest count follows a series of double-digit, one-day case increases in Alaska for much of June. And, it comes as case numbers surge throughout much of the country, in the days leading up to the Fourth of July weekend.

By the end of Wednesday, the total number of COVID-19 infections among Alaskans topped one-thousand. Just over fifty percent of them [52%] are considered recovered.

Most of the newly-diagnosed Alaskans are from Southcentral.

The newly-diagnosed nonresidents tested positive across the state, from Unalaska to Petersburg to Anchorage. At least four work in the seafood industry.

There are 18 people in the hospital with COVID-19 or suspected to have the disease.

Despite Alaska’s rising COVID-19 infections, the state continues to have one of the country’s lowest case counts per capita.

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