Capstone Clinic COVID-19 testing unit

WILLOW — The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services response hub shows a new case of COVID-19 confirmed in Willow, the first case in the Mat-Su Valley since April 18.

The DHSS website shows that 13 Intensive Care Unit beds in the borough are currently being used and only one remains vacant. As of May 18, Alaska has 399 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and the Mat-Su Valley accounts for 22 of those. A total of 3,761 Mat-Su residents have been tested, accounting for 3.53 percent of the total population in the Mat-su.

Of the 22 total cases in the Mat-Su, four are currently active with 17 people who have recovered and one COVID-19 related death. Palmer has had nine people test positive and Wasilla has had 12 positive tests, with the newest positive listed in Willow as still under investigation. Of the 44 people in Alaska actively experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, four of those are located in the Mat-Su. Of the 399 total people who have tested positive in Alaska, 345 have recovered. Gov. Mike Dunleavy is scheduled to address the press at 5 p.m. on Monday evening.

This is a developing story. 

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