Third Alaskan dies of COVID-19 as case count rises to 114

Transmission electron micrograph of SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, isolated from a patient. Image captured and color-enhanced at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Maryland. (Photo credit: NIAID)

Another Alaskan has died from COVID-19 as the official number of novel coronavirus cases reached 114 on Sunday, according to the Alaska Department of Health & Social Services

It’s the third Alaskan to die from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. The patient was a 73-year-old Anchorage resident who was admitted to an Anchorage hospital on March 23 and died on the evening of March 28, according to DHSS.

The total number of positive tests climbed by 12 from Saturday to Sunday.

Five of the new cases were in the greater Anchorage area: four in Anchorage proper one in the Chugiak/Eagle River area. Another five were in the Fairbanks area including one new case in North Pole. Two were in Southeast Alaska, one in Juneau and one in Ketchikan. 

Half of the new cases were confirmed to be in close contact with previously-diagnosed patients, while just one was travel-related. The remaining five new cases are still under investigation.

This story was updated to include new details about the deceased patient and the new cases.

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