MAT-SU — Following Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s mandate of masks in state buildings, Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz’s Emergency Order 14 took effect in the municipality on Friday at 8 a.m. as Alaska has 59 new cases of COVID-19 statewide.

Berkowitz’ order limits the capacity of indoor gatherings in Anchorage to 25 and outdoor gatherings to 50. Bars and night clubs must operate at or under one quarter capacity while restaurants, breweries, bingo halls, gyms and theaters must operate under half of their capacity. Additionally, communication of known COVID-19 exposure by businesses owners to their employees is required as hotels must also notify staff if they are caring for a quarantining visitor.

On Friday, the Valley had only one new positive test result for COVID-19 from Wasilla. Between July 17 and July 23, 44 new positives were reported in the borough. The Mat-Su now has 213 total cases with 147 active. A total of 12,305 Mat-Su residents have been tested for COVID-19, accounting for 12 percent of the population of the Mat-Su Borough. Of the 213 cases, Wasilla has had 125 total positives reported and 88 are listed as active. Palmer has had 61 positives reported with 43 listed as active. Two Mat-Su residents have died due to COVID-19. The single case reported out of Wasilla from Thursday is the lowest total number of positives the Mat-Su has had in over a week.

Statewide, Alaska has 2,429 total COVID-19 positive people with 499 nonresident cases. Of the 2,429 total cases, 1,430 are currently active. Of the 19 total Alaskans who have died due to COVID-19, two were reported in the last eight days.

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