Of the five new COVID-19 cases announced by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services on Saturday, two are in Soldotna. That bring’s the city’s total cases of the illness caused by the novel coronavirus to six.
With the addition of the two new Soldotna cases, the Kenai Peninsula has a total of 19 residents affected by COVID-19. Of those 19 cases, one was a Homer resident who was tested and isolated in Anchorage, and one was an Anchor Point man in his 30s who died outside of Alaska.
The breakdown for the peninsula is: Anchor Point (one), Homer (two), Kenai (four), Seward (three), Soldotna (six) and Sterling (three). The five new COVID-19 cases announced Saturday bring the state total to 314.
The new cases reported Saturday reflect the cases identified in the previous 24-hour period from midnight to 11:59 p.m. on April 17. In addition to the two Soldotna cases, there was one new case each in Anchorage, Palmer and Wasilla.
Of those five new cases, two are men and three are women. One person is between the ages of 10 and 19, one is 30-39, two are aged 40-49, and one is 70-79.
DHSS reported no new deaths on Saturday, with the total number still at nine. There have been 36 total cumulative hospitalizations — that number includes people who have since died or since recovered and left the hospital.
A total of 147 Alaskans have recovered from the disease so far, DHSS reported on its website dedicated to COVID-19 data.
Reach Megan Pacer at email@example.com.