The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reported the state’s 12th death related to COVID-19 Friday.

The person was a patient at the Providence Transitional Care Center in Anchorage, according to state officials. It’s the second death linked to a coronavirus outbreak at the facility.

“Sadly, we are announcing the death of another Alaskan today and I want the individual’s loved ones to know we are thinking of them,” Alaska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink said in a press release issued Friday. “Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been especially focused on the extra precautions that are needed to prevent the spread of this disease into our more vulnerable populations, including those in skilled nursing facilities like the PTCC. We will continue to work with Providence Health & Systems Alaska and appreciate all their efforts to keep their patients and staff healthy and safe.”

The first COVID-19 case in Talkeetna was also reported Friday. There was also a positive case in Wasilla. There have now been a total of 41 total cases in the Mat-Su Borough. Of those 26 are in Wasilla, 11 in Palmer, two in Big Lake, one in Willow and one in Talkeetna. Of that total, 23 are considered recovered.

There have been 10 total cases reported in the borough in June and 19 since May 22. There were no positive cases reported in the Valley from April 19 through May 9.

There were 15 total COVID-19 cases reported Friday. There were five in Anchorage, four in Homer, one in Girdwood, one in North Pole, and one in Sitka in addition to the two Valley cases. The state’s total is now at 625 and 403 are considered recovered. There have been a total of 70,880 tests administered as of Friday.

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