Alaska reported 271 coronavirus infections and one COVID-19-related death between Saturday and Monday, according to data from the Department of Health and Human Services. The state no longer updates its coronavirus dashboard over the weekend and instead includes those numbers in Monday’s report.
The deceased individual was a Wasilla man in his 50s, health officials said.
The average daily number of cases in Alaska has started to decline again statewide. However, most areas of the state are still in the highest alert category based on their current per capita infection rate, and health officials continue to encourage Alaskans to wear blankets. leaders in public, avoid large gatherings, wash their hands frequently and get vaccinated. COVID-19 to prevent further spread.
In March, Alaska 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 book an appointment for a vaccine; new appointments are added regularly. The telephone line is open from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekends.
As of Monday, 308,957 people – about 50% of Alaskans eligible for a vaccine – had received at least their first dose. At 263,324 – about 43.8% of Alaskans aged 16 and over – were considered fully vaccinated, according to the state’s Vaccine Monitoring Dashboard.
In January, Alaska led the country in per capita vaccinations, but has now fallen to 23rd among the 50 states and Washington, DC, according to data from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. .
Of the 264 cases reported among Alaskan residents in the past three days, there have been 70 in Anchorage, six in Eagle River and two in Chugiak; 64 in Fairbanks; 29 in Wasilla; 21 at the North Pole; 11 in Palmer; eight in Ketchikan; five in Kenai; four at Kodiak; two at Anchor Point; two at Big Lake; two at Delta Junction; two at Sutton-Alpine; two to Willow; and one case each in Homer, Houston, Kotzebue, Seward, Sitka, Yakutat, Soldotna, Sterling, Valdez and Wrangell.
Among the communities of less than 1,000 people who are not named to protect the privacy of residents, there were three in the Matanuska-Susitna district; three in the Prince of Wales-Hyder census region; two in the Northwestern Arctic Borough; and one case each in the Copper River census region, the Yukon-Koyukuk census region and the Hoonah-Angoon census region.
There were also seven new cases among non-residents: two in Anchorage; one in Fairbanks; one at Kodiak; one in the borough of North Slope; one at Prudhoe Bay; and one in a location under investigation.
As of Monday, there were 66 people with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 in hospitals statewide.
While people can be tested more than once, each case reported by the state’s health department represents only one person.
State data does not specify whether people who test positive for COVID-19 have symptoms. More than half of the country’s infections are transmitted by asymptomatic people, according to CDC estimates.
Of all the tests done in the past week, 2.19% came back positive.