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COVID-19 update: 3 cases

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services on Sunday announced three new case of COVID-19 in Alaska. The cases were from Anchorage (2) and Kenai Peninsula (1).

This brings the total case count in Alaska to 368.

Recovered cases now total 262, including eight new recovered cases recorded since Friday. A total of 21,578 tests have been conducted. 

This reflects data from 12 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on May 2 that posted at Sunday on the DHSS Coronavirus Response AK COVID-19 Cases and Testing Dashboard.

No additional hospitalizations or deaths have been reported. There have been a total of 36 hospitalizations and nine deaths among Alaskans who have been infected with the Wuhan coronavirus. There are currently 12 Alaskans hospitalized with the illness.

The death rate in Alaska from COVID-19 stands at 2.44 percent. As for hospitalizations, nearly 10 percent of those who have gotten the virus have had to be hospitalized.

Globally, about 3.4% of reported COVID-19 cases have died.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • You quote the same flawed statistics as too many media. Proper terminology should state statistics for TESTED (symptomatic) people who have contracted the virus. Until widespread community testing is done we shall never know either the true prevalence nor the hospitalization/fatality rate of this infection. In some mid-western prisons over 99% of the mass tested positive cases proved completely asymptomatic. This is not to minimize the danger nor pathogenic potential of this infection, but fomenting unnecessary hysteria only ultimately leads to contempt for the efforts to control it.

    • Ak,
      I think you owe Suzanne an apology. She is reporting the facts, not generating hysteria. I’m pretty sure she leaves that to the leftists. We are not in prison (I don’t think) and the fact that the overwhelming majority of ‘prison’ infections seem to be insignificant, shouts volumes. The entire Wuhan v con job is neither real or an impending danger to humankind. Efforts to ‘control’ this threat consist of false information, inflated mortality rates, unworkable “cures” (vaccines) and impractical lockdowns. Throw in economic chaos and you have a leftist’s and propagandist’s dream. Where we currently are. The rest will be history shortly. How is everyone supposed to be tested when there are no tests? I hear the ‘available’ tests are going for somewhere north of $200. Is that why 90% plus haven’t been tested? More con job. In 2018 and 2019, worldwide fatalities were around 2.5 million each year from all causes. How does the Wuhan v compare to that? It doesn’t. Only by attributing virtually every fatality to Wuhan v, are the numbers so inflated, as of now. Control it, schmol it. Propaganda reigns.

      • You confirm my point. The death rate in Alaska is not 2.44% of infections, it is 2.44% (and 10% hospitalizations) of tested cases of those sufficiently symptomatic to warrant testing with the limited tests. My son ran several days of fever to 103.9 with harsh cough but no dyspnea, and therefore was not tested because he showed no respiratory distress. Where does he fit in the statistics? In Ohio today is reported the suicide of a young person too anxious over COVID. Hysteria has consequences; all I want is clarity. And I agree that this is a statist dream trial run. Just look at the mayor of Chicago releasing rapists and murderers while jailing families breaking quarantine. I will drive an extra day to avoid Chicago.

  • In the nation, 23,937 new cases and 1,045 new deaths

    Total cases. 1,184,711

    Deaths: 68,489

    • Bill,
      You are obviously fixated on the numbers, but what you fail to state is that almost half of all deaths in the U.S. have been in NY state alone.
      Alaska by comparison has less infections and deaths than a rural county in a state like Pennsylvania…
      If you are really concerned about deaths increasing accross America you should write a letter to mayor Deblasio and tell him to stop the subway from running because this has been the number 1 source of contagion since day 1…
      Alaska by comparison has no subway system and no city with 40 million residents.
      Using the “one plan approach” to all states will prove the biggest mistake of this “plannedemic” as millions of Americans face food shortages in the months to come.
      So much for the cure being less harmful than the disease.

      • Shutting down NY is like shutting down a medium sized country. Can’t happen. AK could have been like the others if we had done nothing like you proposed.

        • Greg,
          Exactly which other state has a similar geography and population density as Alaska?
          The reality is Alaska was already in a safe position to weather this storm and did not need a couple dozen mandates to get us through.
          Why are states with higher infections and higher mortality rates not requiring masks in businesses?
          “Some officials are backing off requirements that people wear masks inside businesses, as cities, counties and states run into limits on their ability to maintain public health precautions with stay-at-home orders easing.”
          (Wapost)
          The reality is that people want some sense of normalcy to return to their lives and this is currently seen across the country.
          Trump just tweeted:
          “Don’t make the cure worse than the problem itself. That can happen, you know!”

    • Thanks Bill. The numbers don’t lie. Some folks need a slap in the face of reality. But then, honey wants a brewsky or a burger. Priorities.

    • Might take that 68,849 with a grain of salt…
      .
      Recall the response coordinator for the White House coronavirus task force said on April 7 anyone who dies and tests positive for coronavirus will be labeled as a death resulting from coronavirus,
      .
      …regardless of whether or not the person had any underlying health conditions prior to being diagnosed with the virus
      .
      … and government is continuing to count suspected COVID-19 deaths this way, despite other nations doing the opposite.
      .
      In other words, an American dies from a hangnail but tests positive for China flu, then stats will say he died of China flu.
      .
      Reassuring, isn’t it?

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