Coverage of COVID-19.
The updated guidance puts more of the responsibility for limiting viral spread on individuals, rather than on schools, businesses and other institutions.
Twenty-one additional COVID-19 deaths, occurring mostly between May and July, were reported by the state this week.
Longer isolation periods carry very real effects, such as keeping people away from family and friends and out of work. While it may be disruptive, isolating is intended to stymie the spread of the coronavirus.
Vaccinated and masked college students had virtually no chance of catching COVID-19 in the classroom last fall, according to a sweeping study of 33,000 Boston University students that bolsters standard prevention measures.
The state health department did not report any new COVID-19 deaths.
With the extremely contagious BA.5 variant spreading, and research showing people are often infectious for more than five days, CDC guidance has drawn criticism from some infectious-disease experts.
It’s complicated. Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are nuanced and a little confusing.
U.S. regulators said Friday they are no longer considering authorizing a second COVID-19 booster shot for all adults under 50 this summer, focusing instead on revamped vaccines for the fall that will target the newest viral subvariants.
The state also reported fewer cases than last week’s tally. Alaska’s case counts don’t include the results of at-home tests.
All the signs indicate that Alaska, like other states, is in the midst of another surge in COVID-19 cases driven by new and highly infectious variants.
The no-covid club gets more exclusive every day. And some members have no idea how they’re still there.
The state reported no new deaths this week and a little over 10% more new cases than the week before.
In Los Angeles County, an average of more than 222,000 tests were being recorded daily in January; in June, that figure had dropped to around 77,000 tests a day.
The health department reported 24 COVID-19 deaths it says occurred from January to June this year.
Novavax makes a more traditional type of vaccine than the Pfizer and Moderna shots already used to protect most Americans.
Health officials say they’ve seen a rise in COVID hospitalizations among Alaskans 70 and older that could likely have been prevented by early treatment.
The latest omicron offshoot, BA.5, has quickly become dominant in the United States, driving a wave of reinfections across the country.
Plugging away from home is better than putting others at risk of getting infected, but it can still strain the immune system, worsening the toll of a COVID infection, experts say.
About a third of the new cases reported over the past seven days were in people from out of state, health data shows.
After initially closing its COVID-19 testing facilities around the state on June 30, one of Alaska’s largest private testing providers has reopened sites.
No new resident deaths have been reported since early May even as reported cases continue to rise, state health data shows.
Advisers to the FDA voted 19-2 that some version of omicron should be part a fall booster campaign, an effort to blunt an expected COVID-19 surge.
Between waning immunity and a relentless barrage of coronavirus variants, protection against infections has dropped markedly.
Nearly a third of the latest cases involved nonresidents. Hospitalizations fell slightly.
Parents may need to take extra steps to make an appointment rather than relying on community clinics, pop-up events or pharmacies.