Alaska working through virus report backlog amid surge

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska reported more than 1,700 resident COVID-19 cases Friday.

    But state health officials says that includes reports from earlier this month as they work to clear a backlog that has built up during the latest case surge.

    Health officials encourage looking at cases by their symptom onset date versus the date they were submitted to the state health department.

    The state epidemiologist says Alaska is in the biggest surge that it has experienced during the pandemic.

    A weekly report from the department says the state had more people hospitalized with COVID-19 than it did at the peak of a prior surge late last year.

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