Health officials continue to increase the number of deaths from the worst wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Alaska.
The state on Tuesday reported an additional 28 Alaskans who died from COVID-19 between August and October, with the most deaths occurring in October. The update comes a day after the state reported 53 deaths from the virus.
The deaths reported Tuesday occurred in regions around Alaska and were mostly people in their 60s or older. Four of the 28 people who died were in their 50s.
Doctors caring for patients report deaths, but it can sometimes take weeks or even months to get into state data.
The deaths reported Tuesday are one from August, five from September — already the deadliest month of the Alaska pandemic — and 22 from October. Based on the number of cases and hospitalizations, October could become Alaska’s second-deadliest month when all death certificates are counted.
Meanwhile, the daily number of cases in Alaska has fallen significantly since October, but according to data collected by The New York Times, the number of cases in Alaska is still higher than in any other US state.
The state on Tuesday reported 388 new COVID infections and 142 patients hospitalized with the virus, 20 of them on ventilators. Overall, 54% of Alaskans ages 5 and older have been fully vaccinated.
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