Alaska on Wednesday reported 146 coronavirus infections and no deaths linked to COVID-19, according to data from the Department of Health and Social Services.
Alaska’s average daily case counts have begun to decline again statewide. However, most regions in the state are still in the highest alert category based on their current per capita rate of infection, and 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.
In total, 342 Alaskans and six 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, though the state’s size, health care system and other factors complicate national comparisons.
By Wednesday, there were 57 people with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 in hospitals throughout the state, far below a peak in late 2020 but slightly up compared to recent weeks.
Also by Wednesday, 335,508 people — about 54.3% of all Alaskans eligible for a shot — had received at least their first dose. At least 285,988 people — about 47.7% of Alaskans 16 and older — were considered fully vaccinated, according to the state’s vaccine monitoring dashboard.
Alaska in January led the country in per capita vaccinations, but has now fallen to 23rd place among all 50 states and Washington, D.C., according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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.
Of the 144 cases reported among Alaska residents on Wednesday, there were 38 in Anchorage, plus one in Chugiak, four in Eagle River and one Girdwood; 25 in Wasilla; 17 in North Pole; 12 in Fairbanks; 12 in Palmer; seven in Ketchikan; three in Soldotna; two in Delta Junction; two in Utqiagvik; two in Juneau; one in Anchor Point; one in Kenai; one in Salcha; one in Houston; one in Nome; one in Unalaska; and one in Chevak.
In communities with fewer than 1,000 people not named to protect privacy, there were six in the Bethel Census Area; two in the Southeast Fairbanks Census Area; one in the Copper River Census Area; one in the northern Kenai Peninsula Borough; and one in the Fairbanks North Star Borough.
There were also two nonresident cases reported Wednesday in Fairbanks.
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 the tests conducted over the last week, 2.15% came back positive.
— Annie Berman