COVID-19 epidemiology changes in Alaska

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ANCRAGE, Alaska (KTUU) – Alaskan health officials said on Thursday that more COVID-19 cases are reported among young people, and although young people generally have a lower risk of hospitalization or death from the virus, it is a change that DHSS is closely monitoring.
“Basically, what we’re seeing is the epidemiology of COVID-19 is changing here in Alaska and nationally,” state epidemiologist Joe McLaughlin said Thursday in a Zoom call with journalists. “We see many other cases reported among the younger cohorts. So in the past two weeks … the numbers of cases have been highest in the 20-29 age group. “
After the demographics of 20-29 year olds, McLaughlin said the highest numbers were for people in their 30s, followed by people in their 40s and then in their 50s.
Although there has been a dramatic increase in positive cases in recent weeks, the percentage of people hospitalized has increased less dramatically.
“What we have seen in other states is this sharp increase in young people, and then this is followed by an increase in older people who are more likely to be hospitalized, so we will continue to monitor that up close, “Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink said. According to the state COVID-19 datahub, 28 people were currently hospitalized on Wednesday with or suspected of having COVID-19.
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