Alaska on Thursday reported 328 new COVID-19 infections and three coronavirus-related deaths, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services.
The deaths, which occurred recently, involved three women in their 50s: one from Anchorage, one from the Bethel Census Area and one from the Kusilvak Census Area, the state health department said.
The number of people hospitalized with the virus fell slightly from Wednesday to Thursday from 86 to 84 people sick enough to require ICU care statewide. Another five hospitalized people were awaiting test results.
In total, 222 Alaskans and one nonresident with COVID-19 have died since the pandemic reached the state in March. Alaska’s death rate per capita is among the lowest in the country, though the state’s size and vulnerable health care system complicate national comparisons.