Monitoring COVID-19 in Alaska: 190 infections, no deaths reported Thursday

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

By Thursday, there have been 41 folks with COVID-19 in hospitals all through the state, together with 5 on ventilators. One other 4 sufferers had been believed to have the virus.

The COVID-19 vaccine reached Alaska in mid-December. By Thursday, 149,992 folks — 21% of Alaska’s whole inhabitants — had obtained no less than their first vaccine shot, in response to the state’s vaccine monitoring dashboard. That’s far above the nationwide common of 13.6%.

Amongst Alaskans 16 and older, 27% had obtained no 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 very least 95,257 folks had obtained each doses of the vaccine. Alaska has presently vaccinated extra residents per capita than every other state, in response to a nationwide tracker.

Well being care staff and nursing dwelling employees 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 are actually 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. to six:30 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekends.

Whereas most areas of the state have seen declining instances, the Matanuska-Susitna area has not too long ago seen a spike in new infections, and this week surpassed the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta to report the very best common every day case charge within the state.

Of the 149 instances reported amongst Alaska residents on Thursday, there have been 31 in Anchorage, plus two in Chugiak, two in Eagle River and three in Girdwood; 11 in Cordova; one in Soldotna; one in Ester; 23 in Fairbanks; 4 in North Pole; one in Delta Junction; 10 in Palmer; 4 in Sutton-Alpine; 32 in Wasilla; one in Nome; one in Juneau; seven in Ketchikan; and 10 in Petersburg.

In communities smaller than 1,000 folks not named to guard privateness, there was one within the Prince of Wales and Hyder Census Space; two within the Bethel Census Space; and one in Dillingham.

There have been additionally 41 nonresident instances together with one in Anchorage, one in Fairbanks, one within the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, one in Juneau, 34 in Unalaska and three in an unidentified area of the state.

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

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

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