Alaska over the weekend reported 50 new coronavirus infections and no deaths linked to COVID-19, according to the state Department of Health and Social Services.
Alaska’s average daily case counts are now trending down significantly statewide.
By Monday, about 53% of Alaskans 12 and older had received at least their first dose of vaccine. About 47% of eligible Alaskans were considered fully vaccinated, according to the state.
Also by Monday, there were 23 people with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 in hospitals throughout the state, far below a peak in late 2020.
In total, 362 Alaskans and seven 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.
Of the 49 cases reported in Alaska residents over the weekend, there were 12 in Anchorage, seven in Wasilla, four in Nome, three in Chugiak, three in Palmer, two in Juneau, two in Bristol Bay plus the Lake and Peninsula area, two in smaller communities in the Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area and two in Soldotna. There was one each in Anchor Point, a small community in the Bethel Census Area, Eagle River, Healy, Hooper Bay, Houston, Kenai, a small community in the Kusilvak Census Area, North Pole, Sitka, a small community in the Southeast Fairbanks Census Area and Tok.
One new nonresident case was also identified over the weekend in Utqiaġvik.
— Annie Berman