The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reported two new COVID-19 cases in the Mat-Su Borough Saturday.

Both cases are in Wasilla, and there have now been 24 total cases in the borough. The cases are the first reported in the borough since a case in Willow on May 17, and the first in Wasilla since April 18. Of the borough’s total, 14 have been in Wasilla, nine in Palmer and one in Willow. Eighteen of the 24 are listed as recovered, according to data supplied by the state.

The Wasilla cases were among five reported Saturday, which brings the state’s total to 408 total cases. There was one in Nome and one in the Northwest Arctic Borough. It was the second consecutive day that a case was reported in Nome.

DHSS also reported a nonresident case, a seafood industry employee in Valdez.

“The patient was asymptomatic and identified through employer testing put into place to protect workers and the community,” DHSS officials said in a press release issued Saturday. “The case investigation found that the individual has remained on the Peter Pan Seafoods campus since arriving in Valdez. Several individuals identified as close contacts of the patient have been moved into quarantine. Risk to the community is considered to be low.”

There have been 13 total nonresident cases reported in Alaska.

DHSS also reported that 358 of the state’s 408 total cases are considered recovered. There have been 42,351 total tests in Alaska.

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