The state reported 116 new cases of COVID-19 recorded on Saturday. It’s the largest single-day increase and the first time the state has seen over 100 cases in one day. Three of those were Fairbanks North Star Borough employees.
According to the state health department, 93 Alaskans and 23 non-residents tested positive. No new deaths were reported over the weekend.
The resident cases from include 29 new cases in Anchorage, 19 in Fairbanks, seven in Palmer, six in the Yukon-Koyukuk Census area, four each in Soldotna Cordova and Wasilla, three each in Eagle River, Kenai and Juneau, two each in Chugiak, North Pole and the Nome Census Area and one each in Seward, Kodiak, Nome, Bethel Census area and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.
Eleven of the non-resident cases were connected to the seafood industry in Valdez.
That brings the total number of Alaska resident cases to 1,479. There have been 295 non-resident cases.
Twenty-seven Alaskans are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19.
On Friday, the state documented 77 new cases, prompting Chief Medical Officer Anne Zink to tweet on Saturday,“We are moving in the wrong direction.”
Now five Fairbanks North Star Borough employees who work at the Juanita Helms Administration Center have tested positive for the disease.