Alaska reports over 500 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend
Alaska reports over 500 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend

Alaska reports over 500 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) – The state of Alaska reported Monday 500 new cases of COVID-19 during the last three days.

It reported the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services 511 cases Monday – 251 from Friday, 179 from Saturday and 81 from Sunday. Of those, 17 were among non-residents. The level of preparedness for the state remains high.

The COVID-19 related admissions reported by the state dropped to 38, after soaring in the 50s last week. Of these, three patients are on a respirator. Of all hospitalized people in Alaska, only 3.1% are hospitalized with COVID-19. There are 32 beds in intensive care units across the country, 11 of which are in Anchorage.

During the coronavirus pandemic, there have been 1,201 COVID-19-related deaths, 33 of which are among non-residents.

Despite lower case letters, Alaska still has the second highest rate of new cases per capita. per capita, according to Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Alaska’s seven-day rate of 224.5 cases per 100,000 people are only behind Idaho at a rate of 304.9.

The State Ministry of Health reported that BA.2 variant of COVID-19 – better known as stealth omicron – has risen rapidly over the last two months. The state has sequenced 136 confirmed stealth-omicron cases, and 36.14% of the total number of collections were stealth-omicron cases. The original omicron variant fell from 97.07% at its highest on January 16 to 68.86% on February 20.

There are five districts and census areas that have an alarm level below high. Wrangell City and Borough are at a low alert level with only one reported case in the last two weeks, Southeast Fairbanks Census Area and Aleutians West Census Area are at moderate and Fairbanks and Petersburg are at a significant alert level.

The state reported small change in vaccination data. According to the state’s vaccine monitoring dashboard, 71.2% of eligible Alaska residents and military members have received their first dose of a vaccine, and 64.1% have completed their primary series. The dashboard shows that 27% of Alaska residents 5 years of age and older have received their booster shots, while 35.6% have not reported any COVID-19 vaccination data at all.

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