State reports 656 new COVID-19 cases

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Alaska Department of Health & Social Services reported seven new cases in both Juneau and Sitka, and cases in Ketchikan, Petersburg, Prince of Wales-Hyder, and Yakutat-Hoonah-Angoon on Saturday.

    The most cases continued to come from Anchorage with 262 cases, followed by Wasilla with 91, the Bethel Census Area with 55, Fairbanks with 37, Palmer with 29, and Chugiak and Soldotna with 16 cases apiece.

    17 of the total cases were of nonresidents.

    The total number of resident cases is now 30,204 and the total of nonresident cases stands at 1,240.

    All but one region of the state remained in high alert status.

    Juneau has 23.67 per 100,000 population over the past two weeks.  Northern Southeast has averaged 25.49 cases per 100,000 over the past two weeks.

    Southern Southeast communities have averaged 9.68 cases per 100,000 and dropped to intermediate alert status.

    The state also reported 28 new hospitalizations and two new deaths on Saturday, a female Anchorage resident in her 70s and a female Anchorage resident over 80 years old.

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