Saturday update: 11 new COVID-19 cases in Alaska, including 9 in Anchorage

This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (in yellow) — the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 — isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells (in blue/pink) cultured in a lab. (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases – Rocky Mountain Laboratories)

Eleven more Alaskans were diagnosed with COVID-19 on Friday. The newly diagnosed Alaskans are nine people from Anchorage, and one each from the Matanuska Susitna Borough and Prince of Wales island.  

The state reported the new information Saturday. There’s a 24 hour lag between when cases are identified and when the state releases the data. 

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So far, 257 Alaskans have tested positive for the virus, and of those, 63 have recovered. 

A 73-year-old woman from Fairbanks died Friday. So far, eight Alaskans have died after contracting the virus. 

More than 7,700 people had been tested for COVID-19 in Alaska by the end of the day Friday. 

Across the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported more than 492,416 cases of COVID-19 and 18,559 deaths by Saturday.

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