Case counts and hospitalizations in Alaska remain well below what they were during the peak in November and December. However, Alaska is now experiencing a slight increase in its average daily rate of cases compared to recent weeks. Many regions of the state are still in the highest alert category based on their current per capita infection rate.
Alaska this month became the first state in the country to open vaccine eligibility to anyone 16 and older who lives or works in the state. You can visit covidvax.alaska.gov or call 907-646-3322 to sign up for a vaccination appointment; New appointments are added periodically. The hotline is staffed from 9 am to 6:30 pm Monday through Friday and from 9 am to 4:30 pm on weekends.
By Thursday, 226,884 people, including more than 39% of Alaska residents eligible for a vaccine, had received at least their first dose, according to the state’s vaccine control panel. At least 155,264 The people, about 27% of Alaskans age 16 and older, were considered fully vaccinated.
As of Thursday, there were 29 people with COVID-19 in hospitals across the state, well below the peak at the end of 2020. Another two patients had pending test results.
Of the 143 cases identified among Alaska residents Thursday, there were 63 in Anchorage, plus three in Chugiak and nine in Eagle River; one in Córdoba; one in Kenai; six in Soldotna; one on Kodiak; one in Healy; nine in Fairbanks; one at the North Pole; three in Salcha; five at Delta Junction; one in Tok; five at Palmer; 30 in Wasilla; one in Nome; one in Sitka; and one in an unknown part of the state.
Among the communities of fewer than 1,000 residents that are not named to protect privacy, there was one in Fairbanks North Star Borough.
There were also two new cases of non-residents in Anchorage.
While people can be tested more than once, each case reported by the state health department represents only one person.
Data from the state does not specify whether people who test positive for COVID-19 have symptoms. More than half of the nation’s infections are transmitted by asymptomatic people, according to CDC estimates.
The mean percentage of daily positive tests during the last week was 2.68%.