Beginning Monday, June 7, 2021, DHSS will be updating most data on the Alaska COVID-19 Information Hub three times weekly (Monday, Wednesday and Friday excluding holidays) instead of five times weekly (Monday through Friday excluding holidays). The two exceptions will be the hospital data and vaccine monitoring dashboards, which will continue to update data Monday through Friday excluding holidays. The daily summary email and social media posts will move to the three times weekly schedule.
DHSS is making this change in alignment with a continued statewide decline in COVID-19 cases – the 14-day average daily case rate is currently at 5.00 per 100,000 population, at the low end of the intermediate (orange) zone. DHSS plans to continue this new schedule of three times weekly reporting at least through summer. If cases continue to decline, or stabilize at a low level, DHSS may transition in the fall to weekly case count reporting. If the average daily case rate trends in the other direction and increases to the high orange or red zone, DHSS would resume five times weekly reporting (Monday through Friday). If you have any questions or concerns, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
TAKE ACTION – Choosing to get vaccinated is the single most important action you can take to protect yourself and your community and to reopen our economy. Learn more about the CDC’s recommendations for fully vaccinated people at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html.
47% of Alaskans 12 and older have been fully vaccinated. The higher the vaccination rate, the more protected community members are from COVID-19. See below for percentages of all fully vaccinated Alaskans age 12 and older by region:
- Juneau Region: 67%
- Other Southeast Region – Northern: 62%
- YK-Delta Region: 61%
- Southwest Region: 55%
- Other Southeast Region – Southern: 53%
- Northwest Region: 50%
- Anchorage Region: 49%
- Other Interior Region: 49%
- Kenai Peninsula Region: 40%
- Fairbanks North Star Borough: 40%
- Matanuska-Susitna Region: 31%
For more information about vaccines, visit covid19.alaska.gov.
CASES – DHSS today announced 60 new people identified with COVID-19 in Alaska. 57 were residents in: Anchorage (12), Craig (5), Wasilla (5), Juneau (4), Kusilvak Census Area (4), Tok (4), Bethel Census Area (2), Delta Junction (2), Fairbanks (2), Ketchikan (2), Nikiski (2), Northwest Arctic Borough (2), Palmer (2), Unalaska (2), and one each in Kodiak, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Metlakatla, Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area, Soldotna, Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, and Wrangell.
Three new nonresident cases were identified:
- Anchorage: one airline pilot
- Juneau: one with purpose under investigation
- Wrangell: one with purpose under investigation
One nonresident case was added to the dashboard due to data verification procedures bringing the total number of Alaska resident cases to 67,648 and the total number of nonresident cases to 2,821.
HOSPITALIZATIONS & DEATHS – There have been a total of 1,577 resident hospitalizations and 362 resident deaths, with five new hospitalizations and no new resident deaths reported.
There are currently 20 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 who are hospitalized and one additional patient who is considered a person under investigation (PUI) for a total of 21 current COVID-related hospitalizations. Five of these patients are on ventilators. The percentage of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 is 2.2%.
TESTING – A total of 2,290,495 tests have been conducted, with 18,349 tests conducted in the previous seven days. The average percentage of daily positive tests for the previous seven days is 1.05%.
Variants of concern situation summary
B.1.1.7 (51 added since last report)
- Seeing this variant widely in Alaska (and the nation)
- Continue to see new importations (e.g., cases associated with travel out of state)
- Also seeing instances of secondary and community spread
P.1 (6 added since last report)
- One in Wasilla; linked to past cases
- One in Fairbanks; appears to be community transmission not directly linked to other cases yet
- One nonresident; tested at Anchorage airport, travel associated
- Three in Nome; connected as a known cluster, no direct travel