More than half of the resident cases were confirmed in the Matanuska-Susitna district, which has one of the highest infection rates in the state in the past two weeks.
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 Friday, 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 people – roughly 27% of Alaskans age 16 and older – were considered fully vaccinated.
As of Friday, there were 27 people with COVID-19 in hospitals across the state, well below a peak at the end of 2020. Three other patients had pending test results.
Of the 179 cases identified among Alaska residents on Friday, there were 49 in Anchorage plus six in Eagle River; 61 in Wasilla; 27 in Palmer; five at Delta Junction; four in Big Lake; four in Healy; two in Valdez; two in Kenai; two in Fairbanks; two at the North Pole; two in Sitka; one in Houston; one in Sutton-Alpine; one in Juneau; one in Unalaska; and one at Bethel.
Among the communities of fewer than 1,000 residents that are not named to protect privacy, there were three in the Yukon-Koyukuk census tract, one in the Copper River census tract, and two in the Matanuska-Susitna district.
There were also four nonresident cases: two in Kodiak and two in undetermined parts of the state.
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%.