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Alaska reports 1,089 new coronavirus infections and two COVID-19 deaths last weekend

Through Morgan Krakow

Updated: 35 minutes ago Published: 45 minutes ago

Alaska reported 1,089 new COVID-19 infections and two additional deaths from Saturday to Monday.

COVID-19 cases in the state recently began to decline after weeks of high daily counts. Alaska experienced a wave that strained hospital capacity for much of September and October, killing hundreds.

Over the weekend, there were 427 reports on Saturday, 349 on Sunday and 313 on Monday.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that Alaska has the fourth-highest seven-day current case count in the nation, after Minnesota, New Mexico and North Dakota. Alaska previously led the country for weeks. The state’s seven-day case rate of 412 per 100,000 people was still much higher than the national average of 170 on Monday.

As of Monday, 146 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 statewide, down from the average of more than 200 people hospitalized since September, although an increase from the week before, when about 130 people were hospitalized statewide.

Last week, the head of the state hospital association said the situation in Alaska hospitals was becoming more manageable.

On Monday, Alaska also reported two more COVID-19 deaths among residents.

Alaska’s most recent wave made September and October the deadliest part of the pandemic in the state, killing 255, about 31% of the 803 COVID-19 deaths among residents since the pandemic began. The state has also reported 30 additional COVID-19 deaths among non-residents.

About 59% of Alaska residents ages 5 and older had received at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 54% were considered fully vaccinated on Monday.