This is the second Pioneer Home resident who has died with the disease. Ten elders have recovered, while two are still being monitored.
State and oil company officials confirmed 13 cases of COVID-19 between two different North Slope oil fields, as Alaska reported 86 new cases of the virus Thursday.
Dr. Anne Zink cautioned that the number of COVID-19 cases will continue to rise and fall. She said the future of the virus in the state will depend on how well Alaskans continue to follow preventative measures like wearing face masks and social distancing.
There are now 12 known cases linked to the Anchorage Pioneer Home.
There has been only one other positive case in the state’s Pioneer Home system.
A proposal to more than double the monthly costs for most residents in Alaska Pioneer Homes met with stiff opposition during recent public testimony on the issue.