Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Alaska Department of Health Sunday revealed 231 new cases of COVID-19 with 34 in the seafood industry.
The report listed 186 Alaska residents and 45 nonresidents.
Health officials said the record high case count can be attributed to widespread community transmission from social gatherings, several large seafood industry outbreaks, and a backlog of test results that were just entered into the state database.
Commissioner Adam Crum said the numbers clearly show that Alaska is experiencing widespread community transmission, "We have been in the management phase of this pandemic since May. In order for us to continue to manage the virus, we need to stop this current surge."
Crum said daily cases of over 100 will soon diminish the state's hospital bed capacity. "Now is the time for Alaskans to keep their social circles small, maintain six feet of distance from others, and wear a face-covering when six feet can't be maintained."
Crum promised more announcements on mitigation strategies in the next couple of days.
The report showed 2,528 total resident cases, 578 nonresidents, 817 recovered, 1,687 active, 115 have been hospitalized, and 20 deaths.
The report showed 38.5 percent of the cases are of people ages 29 and younger.
New resident cases included 158 in Anchorage, one in Homer, one in Valdez-Cordova, nine in Fairbanks, two in North Pole, one in Yukon-Koyukuk, one in Houston, two in Palmer, one in Wasilla, two in Juneau, one in Ketchikan, one on Prince of Wales Island, two in Wrangell, two in Yakutat, and one in Unalaska.
New nonresident cases included 34 in Seward, three in Fairbanks, one in Ketchikan and seven in unknown locations.