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Alaska reports 24 COVID-19 deaths, 1 described as recent

Last Updated Jan 20, 2021 at 5:30 pm MST

JUNEAU, Alaska — The state health department Wednesday announced 24 deaths of Alaskans related to COVID-19, with one of those deaths described as recent.

The others were confirmed following death certificate reviews “over the past several months,” the department said in a release. They included a man in his 40s and residents in their 60s, 70s and 80 or older.

The state has reported more than 50,700 confirmed resident cases of COVID-19, with 251 related deaths since the start of the pandemic.

Most regions of Alaska are considered at a high alert level, which the department said means there is widespread community transmission.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness and death.

The Associated Press