Alaska reported 385 coronavirus infections Saturday through Monday and 10 new COVID-19-related deaths, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services. The state no longer updates its coronavirus dashboard on weekends and instead includes that data in Monday’s report.
The latest three-day count continues a trend in Alaska of declining infections over the past three months. Hospitalizations are now well below what they were during a peak in November and December that depleted hospital capacity.
By Monday, there were 22 people with COVID-19 in hospitals across the state, including five on respirators. Other three the patients were believed to be infected with the virus.
The COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Alaska in mid-December. By Monday, 155,951 people – about 21% of Alaska’s total population – had received at least their first vaccination, according to the state’s vaccine control panel. That’s well above the national average of 15%.
Among Alaskans 16 and older, nearly 28% had received at least one dose of the vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine has been licensed for use in people over the age of 16, and Moderna’s has been approved for use in people over the age of 18. At least 103,668 people had received both doses of the vaccine. Alaska has currently vaccinated more residents per capita than any other state, according to a national tracker.
Healthcare workers, staff and residents of nursing homes were the first people to be prioritized for the vaccine. Alaskans 65 and older became eligible in early January, and the state further expanded the eligibility criteria in February to include educators, people age 50 and older with a high-risk medical condition, essential workers from frontline 50 years or older and people who live or work in a congregation. settings such as shelters and prisons.
Last week, officials said that people helping Alaskans 65 and older get vaccinated are now eligible to receive a vaccine.
Those eligible to receive the vaccine can visit covidvax.alaska.gov or call 907-646-3322 to register and confirm eligibility. The hotline is staffed from 9 am to 6:30 pm Monday through Friday and from 9 am to 4:30 pm on weekends.
In Anchorage, Alaskans 40 and older can now get vaccinated through the Southcentral Foundation, the health care organization announced Monday.
Despite the lowercase numbers, most Alaskan regions are still in the highest alert category based on the current per capita infection rate, and public health officials continue to encourage Alaskans to stay tuned. day with personal virus mitigation efforts such as washing hands, wearing face masks. attrition and social distancing. A highly contagious UK variant of the virus arrived in Alaska in December, while a separate variant originating in Brazil was found in the state last month. Scientists in Alaska on Wednesday announced the discovery of 10 cases of a new strain of coronavirus first discovered in California.
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.