Alaska reports 772 COVID-19 cases in the last 3 days; only 2 adult ICU beds available in Anchorage
Alaska reports 772 COVID-19 cases in the last 3 days;  only 2 adult ICU beds available in Anchorage

Alaska reports 772 COVID-19 cases in the last 3 days; only 2 adult ICU beds available in Anchorage

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) – The rate of COVID-19 in Alaska continues to decline, with fewer than 800 new cases reported over the past three days.

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reported 772 COVID-19 cases Monday – 418 on Friday, 232 on Saturday and 122 on Sunday. Of these, 22 cases are among non-residents. Alaska’s new cases have been steadily declining since January. Enter case data shows a decrease of 29% in cases in the last week compared to the week 14.-20. February.

While cases have been in decline, Alaska is still one of the states with a higher rate of new COVID-19 cases per capita. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that Alaska has the sixth highest rate of new cases among all U.S. states, with a rate of 356.9 COVID-19 cases per year. 100,000 people over the last week.

The number of persons hospitalized with COVID-19 in Alaska on Monday is down to 76 compared to 84 on Friday. According to the state hospital dashboard, there are currently three patients on respirator, and 6.2% of all people hospitalized in Alaska are hospitalized with COVID-19.

Across the country, 26 beds in intensive care units for adults are still open, with only two available in Anchorage.

The vaccination rate in Alaska is still moving relatively slowly, with 63.8% of eligible Alaska residents, veterans, and military members now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and 71% receiving at least one initial vaccine dose. Enter vaccine data shows that 26.5% of eligible Alaskans have received a booster shot, while 26.3% are considered to be late for a booster.

Since the pandemic began in Alaska, the state has recorded a total of 1,130 deaths from Alaska residents and 33 non-resident deaths related to COVID-19. The State Department of Health only reports COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday.

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