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Alaska on Monday reported 1,822 new COVID-19 cases among residents and a small decrease in the number of COVID-positive people admitted as the ongoing decline in the increase in the omicron variant continues.
The state reported Friday about 1,800 new cases – over a two-day period instead of three – and 105 COVID-positive patients hospitalized around Alaska. On Monday, the state reported 103 hospitalized COVID-positive patients.
The state now only reports COVID-related deaths on Wednesday. Since the pandemic began, a total of 1,081 Alaska residents and a further 33 non-residents have died from the virus.
In general, new case data do not reflect the number of people testing positive using home tests, which are becoming increasingly popular, as health officials are calling for frequent testing as a way to prevent viral spread.
The 10,902 cases reported in Alaska’s first week in February marked a drop of about 30% from the week before, according to an Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Weekly report.
Despite reporting fewer cases week by week, Alaska’s seven-day new case continues to lead other U.S. states, according to a CDC tracker.
State health officials last week also confirmed they monitor BA.2, the new “stealth” omicron subvariant that first arrived in Alaska last month but does not appear to cause more serious illness than other strains.
Data show that vaccines seem to work well against symptomatic infection, especially for people who have received boosters.
Unvaccinated Alaska residents are more than nine times more likely to be hospitalized because of COVID-19 than Alaska residents who are fully vaccinated, including boosters, according to the state’s weekly report. Unvaccinated Alaska residents are about two and a half times more likely to be hospitalized because of COVID-19 than Alaska residents who only completed their primary vaccination series.
As of Monday, 62.1% of eligible Alaskans had completed their primary vaccine series. Only 26.4% had received a booster.