The most recent depend follows over a month of declining instances. Alaska noticed a surge of infections in November and early December that strained hospital capacity. For the first time since September, day by day case counts fell into the double digits twice final week.
Hospitalizations have fallen together with instances, and at the moment are lower than a 3rd of the place they have been through the peak in November and December. By Friday, there have been 40 folks with COVID-19 in hospitals all through the state. One other three sufferers have been believed to have the virus.
The COVID-19 vaccine reached Alaska in mid-December. By Thursday, 101,631 — almost 14% of Alaska’s whole inhabitants — had obtained no less than their first vaccine shot, in accordance with the state’s vaccine monitoring dashboard. That’s far above the national average of 8.4%.
Amongst Alaskans 16 and older, 18% had obtained no less than one dose of vaccine by Friday. The Pfizer vaccine has been approved to be used for folks aged 16 and older, and Moderna’s has been cleared to be used in folks 18 and older.
Well being care staff and nursing dwelling workers and residents have been the primary folks prioritized to obtain the vaccine. In early January, the state stated Alaskans older than 65 have been now eligible, though appointment slots are restricted and have filled quickly.
Hundreds of latest vaccine appointments went dwell on the state’s web site final week, a lot of that are nonetheless obtainable. Seniors and different eligible well being care staff can name 907-646-3322 for help making an appointment.
Regardless of the decrease case numbers all through January, Alaska continues to be within the highest alert category based mostly on the present per capita charge of an infection, and public well being officers proceed to encourage Alaskans to maintain up with private virus mitigation efforts like hand-washing, mask-wearing and social distancing.
Of the 163 instances introduced amongst Alaska residents Friday, there have been 41 in Anchorage plus three in Eagle River; one in Anchor Level; one in Seward; one in Soldotna; one in Cordova; 13 in Fairbanks plus one in North Pole; one in Delta Junction; 17 in Palmer; 33 in Wasilla; six in Juneau; 4 in Ketchikan; one in Sitka; and 6 in Bethel.
Amongst communities with populations beneath 1,000 not named to guard privateness, there have been two within the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, one within the Aleutians East Borough; 23 within the Bethel Census Space; one within the Dillingham Census Space; and 6 within the Kusilvak Census Space.
There have been additionally 87 instances amongst nonresidents in Alaska, together with two in Anchorage, 80 within the Aleutians East Borough; and 5 in Unalaska.
Whereas folks would possibly get examined greater than as soon as, every case reported by the state well being division represents just one particular person.
The state’s knowledge 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 accordance with CDC estimates.
Throughout the state, 2.45% of COVID-19 assessments carried out over the previous week have come again constructive.