The Anchorage man was in his 70s, according to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. He’s the 25th Alaskan whose death is linked to the infectious disease.
According to Alaska State Troopers, all but one of the passengers were confirmed dead on scene; that person died on their way to the hospital.
“No other staff or patients have shown symptoms of the disease,” a statement said. “The employee took excellent precautions to minimize the risk of exposure.”
An Alaska judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit against the backers of a ballot initiative that would raise taxes on the state’s three largest oil fields.
UA regents announced Tuesday that Pitney will serve as interim president as they search for someone to permanently fill the position left vacant when Jim Johnsen abruptly resigned last month.
In Alaska, the number of known infections is highest among residents in their 20s, followed by those in their 30s and then 40s, according to state data.
On Monday, the state reported another 60 Alaska residents have tested positive for the virus, plus 11 nonresidents.
The regents say they expect to announce the interim president on Tuesday after interviews in executive session — meetings closed to the public.
It’s the third time DNR has granted such an extension in the past three months, citing the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on the oil industry.
The report of another death follows a recent spike in Alaska’s number of new COVID-19 infections, and warnings from Anchorage city officials that its system for investigating cases has maxed out.