COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the state. The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reported 26 new coronavirus cases on Friday. That number includes 14 residents and a dozen nonresidents.

The number of total resident cases is now at 722. Of that total, 457 are considered recovered and 265 active.

Friday’s total included single cases in Palmer and Big Lake. There have been 53 total cases in the Mat-Su Borough, 27 recovered and 25 active. Of that total, 29 have been reported in Wasilla, 18 in Palmer, three in Big Lake, one in Houston, one in Big Lake and one in Talkeetna. Friday marked the fourth straight day in which there was at least one positive case in the borough. There have been 20 total cases reported in the borough in June. Thirty of the borough’s 53 total cases have been reported between May 21 and Friday. There were no cases reported between April 19 and May 9, and only three from April 11 through May 21.

There were another six cases reported in Anchorage Friday, one in the Bethel census area, one in Fairbanks, one in Haines, one in Homer, one in North Pole and one in the North Slope Borough.

Of the 12 nonresident cases reported Friday, 11 are employees in the seafood industry.

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