Dillingham has reported its first case of COVID-19, as the fishing season heats up in Southwest Alaska. Dillingham is 329 air miles from Anchorage and is the hub of the Bristol Bay-based commercial fishing industry.
In addition to the one case in Dillingham reported over the past 24 hours three cases emerged in Anchorage, Chugiak, and Homer.
But across the state, only 20 cases of the Wuhan coronavirus have been diagnosed in Alaska during the month of May, through May 15. Twelve of the 20 were in Anchorage.
As of now, one Alaskan with the illness is on an invasive ventilators and 10 are hospitalized. Alaska currently has 297 ventilators available, and 925 hospital beds, with 99 intensive care unit beds available.
There have been 392 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in Alaska since March 3, and 344 of those are considered recovered. Ten deaths were attributed to the illness.