Alaska reported 365 coronavirus infections and one COVID-19-related death between Saturday and Monday, according to data from the Department of Health and Social Services. The state no longer updates its coronavirus dashboard on the weekends, and instead includes those numbers in Monday’s report.
Although case counts and hospitalizations in Alaska remain below what they were during a peak in November and December, the state’s average daily case rate trended upward over the last two weeks. Most regions in the state are still in the highest alert category based on their current per capita rate of infection.
Health officials continue to encourage Alaskans to wear face coverings in public, avoid large gatherings, wash their hands frequently, and get vaccinated against COVID-19 to prevent further spread.
State data showed the recently reported death was of an Eagle River resident. In total, 310 Alaskans and four nonresidents with COVID-19 have died since the pandemic reached the state last spring. Alaska’s death rate per capita remains among the lowest in the country.
Alaska in March 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 vaccine appointment; new appointments are added regularly. The phone line is staffed 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekends.
By Monday, 266,036 people — about 44% of Alaskans eligible for a shot — had received at least their first dose, according to the state’s vaccine monitoring dashboard. At least 203,259 people — about 34% of Alaskans 16 and older — were considered fully vaccinated.
By Monday, there were 47 people with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 in hospitals throughout the state, far below a peak in late 2020 but part of a slight increase over the last few weeks.
A geographic breakdown of the newly reported cases was not immediately available.
While people might get tested more than once, each case reported by the state health department represents only one person.
The state’s data doesn’t specify whether people testing positive for COVID-19 have symptoms. More than half of the nation’s infections are transmitted from asymptomatic people, according to CDC estimates.
Of all tests conducted over the past week, 2.97% came back positive.
— Annie Berman