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• The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reported 1,526 cases of COVID-19 in Alaska over the previous seven days on Wednesday. That’s a slight increase over last week, and it averages about 218 cases a day. This data does not include home tests.
• The state reported 13 more deaths associated with the virus. A total of 1,215 COVID-19 deaths among Alaska residents and 33 among non-residents have been reported since March 2020. Many of the deaths reported by the state in recent weeks occurred weeks to months earlier.
• Alaska’s seven-day new cases per 100,000 people rose from the sixth-highest in the country last week to the fourth-highest this week, according to a CDC tracker.
• On Wednesday, there were 20 COVID-positive patients admitted across the country, six fewer than last week. Less than 2% of Alaska’s hospital patients were COVID-positive, including five people in ventilators.
• According to Alaska dashboard for coronavirus variant, the vast majority – 82.5% – of the most recently sequenced viruses from samples collected in late March were the BA.2 “stealth” omicron subvariant. BA.2 appears to be more transmissible than other variants, but not more virulent or better at avoiding immune responses caused by vaccination or previous infection.
• On Wednesday, 64.7% of eligible Alaskan residents as well as military personnel had completed their primary vaccine series. That number has been ticking up very slowly in recent weeks.
• FDA recently approved another Pfizer or Moderna booster shot for those 50 years and older, as well as for certain younger individuals with severely compromised immune systems if at least four months have passed since their last vaccination. Information on getting a vaccine injection or booster in Alaska is available at covidvax.alaska.gov.
The State Department of Health has recently switched to updating only all of its COVID-19 data on Wednesdays instead of updating most dashboards three times a week.