Monitoring COVID-19 in Alaska: 179 new circumstances and no new deaths reported Wednesday

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The latest case depend is a part of a pattern in Alaska of declining infections during the last two months, following a peak in November and early December that strained hospital capability. Hospitalizations in Alaska at the moment are lower than 1 / 4 of what they had been in November and December.

By Wednesday, there have been 37 folks with COVID-19 in hospitals all through the state, together with 4 on ventilators. One other 9 sufferers had been believed to have the virus.

The COVID-19 vaccine reached Alaska in mid-December. By Wednesday, 146,778 folks — greater than 20% of Alaska’s whole inhabitants — had obtained not less than their first vaccine shot, in accordance with the state’s vaccine monitoring dashboard. That’s far above the nationwide common of 13.4%.

Amongst Alaskans 16 and older, 26% had obtained not less than one dose of vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine has been approved to be used for folks ages 16 and older, and Moderna’s has been cleared to be used in folks 18 and older. At the least 92,630 folks had obtained each doses of the vaccine. Alaska has presently vaccinated extra residents per capita than every other state, in accordance with a nationwide tracker.

Well being care staff and nursing residence workers and residents had been the primary folks prioritized to obtain the vaccine. Alaskans older than 65 grew to become eligible in early January, and the state additional widened eligibility standards this month to incorporate educators, folks 50 and older with a high-risk medical situation, front-line important staff 50 and older and folks residing or working in congregate settings like shelters and prisons. On Wednesday, officers stated individuals who assist Alaskans 65 and older get a vaccination at the moment are eligible to get a vaccine.

These eligible to obtain the vaccine can go to or name 907-646-3322 to enroll and to substantiate eligibility. The cellphone line is staffed 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on weekends.

The Matanuska-Susitna area surpassed the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta this week to file the very best common each day case fee within the state. As of Wednesday, the Mat-Su has seen 34.41 circumstances per 100,000 over the previous 14 days.

Of the 175 circumstances reported amongst Alaska residents on Wednesday, there have been 44 in Anchorage, three in Chugiak, seven in Eagle River and two in Girdwood; two in Cordova; one in Homer; one in Nikiski; one in Seward; 18 in Fairbanks; seven in North Pole; 16 in Palmer; 37 in Wasilla; one in Kotzebue; three in Juneau; 10 in Ketchikan; 10 in Petersburg; and one in Skagway.

In communities smaller than 1,000 folks not named to guard privateness, there was one case within the Copper River Census Space; one within the Matanuska-Susitna Borough; one within the Nome Census Space; six within the Bethel Census Space; and two within the Kusilvak Census Space.

There have been additionally 4 nonresident circumstances together with one in Fairbanks; one in Delta Junction; one in Unalaska; and one in an unidentified a part of the sate.

Whereas folks may get examined greater than as soon as, every case reported the state well being division represents just one particular person.

The state’s knowledge doesn’t specify whether or not folks testing optimistic for COVID-19 have signs. Greater than half of the nation’s infections are transmitted from asymptomatic folks, in accordance with CDC estimates.

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