Alaska's resident COVID-19 case count has topped 755. There are also two new non-resident cases, bringing that total to 106. Recovered cases are now 475.
Local cases of COVID-19 are also on the rise, including two cases of employees at Tanana Valley Clinic, announced Thursday and a worker at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital announced Friday. The TVC employees were believed to become infected outside of their workplace. Nevertheless, 44 patients of the clinic might have been exposed and were contacted Thursday night and Friday.
The hospital employee was asymptomatic, and reported for testing when she learned she might be in close contact with someone who has the coronavirus disease.
Alaska is continuing to see high daily new COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations. The state Department of Health and Social Services announced 405 new Alaska resident COVID-19 cases recorded Monday.
Alaska’s average daily case rate is now 49 per 100,000 people.
Families and teachers are feeling pressure to return students to classrooms, in spite of the highest COVID-19 case numbers seen since the pandemic started. The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District is operating in the “Red Operational Zone,” with most students learning from home. But the school board is asking for more options.