DHSS today announced 210 new people identified with COVID-19 in Alaska. 185 were residents in: Anchorage (59), Wasilla (38), Fairbanks (18), Ketchikan (15), Palmer (11), Bethel Census Area (9), Juneau (6), Eagle River (5), Copper River Census Area (3), Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area (3), Kenai (2), Sitka (2), Utqiaġvik (2), and one each in Big Lake, Chugiak, Dillingham, Kenai Peninsula Borough – South, Soldotna, Kodiak, North Pole, Petersburg, Sutton-Alpine, Wrangell, Yakutat plus Hoonah-Angoon and Unalaska.
Twenty-five new nonresident cases were identified yesterday:
- Anchorage: one with purpose under investigation
- Fairbanks: one with purpose under investigation
- Juneau: one with purpose under investigation
- Unalaska: 22 in seafood industry
Four resident case was added to the dashboard due to data verification procedures, bringing the total number of Alaska resident cases to 55,198 and the total number of nonresident cases to 2,207.
ALERT LEVELS – The current statewide alert level, based on the average daily case rate over 14 days per 100,000, is high at 17.4 cases per 100,000. Many regions of Alaska are in high alert status with widespread community transmission. Two regions are at intermediate alert status with moderate transmission and two regions are at low alert with minimal transmission.
High (>10 cases/100,000)
- YK-Delta Region: 42.89 cases per 100,000
- Matanuska-Susitna Region: 36.57 cases per 100,000
- Southwest Region: 21.75cases per 100,000
- Other Interior Region: 21.32 cases per 100,000
- Other Southeast Region – Southern: 16.84 cases per 100,000
- Anchorage Municipality: 14.64 cases per 100,000
- Fairbanks North Star Borough: 12.14 cases per 100,000
Intermediate (>4.8-10 cases/100,000)
- Northwest Region: 6.51 cases per 100,000
- Kenai Peninsula Borough: 6.36 cases per 100,000
Low (0-4.8 cases/100,000)
- Juneau City and Borough: 4.69 cases per 100,000
- Other Southeast Region – Northern: 4.54 cases per 100,000
CASES: HOSPITALIZATIONS & DEATHS – There have been a total of 1,207 hospitalizations and 286 deaths, with no new hospitalizations and no new deaths reported yesterday.
There are currently 33 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 who are hospitalized and one additional patient who is considered a person under investigation (PUI) for a total of 34 current COVID-related hospitalizations. Four of these patients are on ventilators. The percentage of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 is 3.5%.
TESTING – A total of 1,629,829 tests have been conducted, with 27,357 tests conducted in the previous seven days. The average percentage of daily positive tests for the previous seven days is 2.2%.
VACCINATIONS – Reported to date, there have been 137,124 dose #1 and 81,172 dose #2 COVID-19 vaccinations given for a total of 217,541 doses administered in Alaska. For more information, visit the Vaccine Monitoring Dashboard.
TAKE ACTION – Vaccines are being distributed throughout Alaska but we all still need to maintain our COVID-19 protective measures to keep ourselves and others safe and healthy: coronavirus.dhss.alaska.gov
Notes: Reports are received electronically, by phone and by fax. Cases are verified, redundancies are eliminated and then cases are entered into the data system that feeds into Alaska’s Coronavirus Response Hub. When there is a high number of reports being received, this may cause delays in getting reports entered and counted. Personnel continue to focus on the effort to process and count reports and minimize the delay from receipt to posting on the hub.
There is a lag between cases being reported on the DHSS data dashboard and what local communities report. Each case is an individual person even if they are tested multiple times. Total tests are a not a count of unique individuals tested and includes both positive and negative results. The current number of hospitalized patients represents more real-time data compared to the cumulative total hospitalizations. Current hospitalizations are reported for all facilities, not just general acute care and critical access facilities, as is the default on the dashboard. Total number of hospital beds available fluctuate daily as the number of available hospital staff changes. All data reported in real-time, on a daily basis, should be considered preliminary and subject to change. To view more data visit data.coronavirus.alaska.gov; weekly and daily case summaries are archived at dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/id/Pages/COVID-19/communications.aspx#updates.