Alaska on Friday reported 189 coronavirus infections and no COVID-19-related deaths, according to data from the Department of Health and Social Services.
Although case counts and hospitalizations in Alaska remain below what they were during a peak in November and December, 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.
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 Friday, 290,265 people — about 47% of Alaskans eligible for a shot — had received at least their first dose. At least 234,735 people — about 39% of Alaskans 16 and older — were considered fully vaccinated, according to the state’s vaccine monitoring dashboard.
By Friday, there were 42 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.
Of the 182 cases reported among Alaska residents, there were 62 in Anchorage plus three in Eagle River; 31 in Wasilla; 22 in Fairbanks; 16 in Palmer; 13 in Soldotna; nine in North Pole; five in Kenai; three in Delta Junction; one in Valdez; one in Willow; two in Nome; one in Kotzebue; one in Juneau; and two in Wrangell.
Among communities smaller than 1,000 people that aren’t named to protect residents’ privacy, there was one in the northern Kenai Peninsula Borough; two in the Fairbanks North Star Borough; one in Yakutat plus Hoonah Angoon; one in the Aleutians East Borough; three in the Bethel Census Area; and one in an unidentified region of the state.
There were also seven new cases among nonresidents: one in Anchorage, two in Fairbanks, one in Wrangell, one in Unalaska and two in unidentified regions of the state.
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.
Note: The state no longer updates its coronavirus dashboard over the weekend, and will instead include that data in Monday’s report.
— Annie Berman