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Alaska reported a record 355 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, according to the state Department of Health and Social Services COVID-19 dashboard.
That’s by far the highest number of new COVID-19 cases reported in a single day since the pandemic began here in March. The previous high was 249 cases reported by the state on Oct. 11.
There were no new deaths reported Saturday. The state’s per capita death rate remains among the lowest in the country. In total, 68 Alaskans have died with COVID-19.
Statewide as of Saturday, 58 people were hospitalized with COVID-19. On Friday, 59 people were hospitalized with the illness, a record for the state.
Saturday also marks the 31st consecutive day that the daily case count has been in the triple digits.
Of the new cases, it wasn’t clear how many patients were showing symptoms when they tested positive. While people might get tested more than once, each case reported by the state health department only represents one person.
Of the 353 new resident cases reported by the state Saturday, there were 165 in Anchorage, plus 18 in Eagle River and two in Chugiak; 16 in Wasilla; 13 in Palmer; two in Houston; two in Big Lake; one in Willow; nine in Kenai; four in Homer; two in Soldotna; one in Nikiski; one in Seward; one in Sterling; one in Valdez; one in Healy; 21 in Fairbanks; five in North Pole; five in Juneau; one in Douglas; one in Haines; one in Skagway; five in Bethel; 42 in Chevak; and one in Hooper Bay.
Among communities smaller than 1,000 not identified to protect confidentiality, there were 21 resident cases in the Bethel Census Area; four in the Northwest Arctic Borough; two in the Kusilvak Census Area; one in the northern Kenai Peninsula Borough; one in the Fairbanks North Star Borough; one in the Nome Census Area; one in the North Slope Borough; and one in the Aleutians East Borough.
Additionally, two nonresidents in Juneau tested positive for COVID-19.
The state’s testing positivity rate as of Saturday was 5.25% over a seven-day rolling average.