Although case counts and hospitalizations in Alaska remain below what they were during a peak in November and December, most regions in the state are still in the highest alert category based on their current per capita rate of infection.
Health officials continue to encourage Alaskans to wear face coverings in public, avoid large gatherings, wash their hands frequently and get vaccinated against COVID-19 to prevent further spread.
Alaska in March became the first state in the country to open vaccine eligibility to anyone 16 and older who lives or works in the state. You can visit covidvax.alaska.gov or call 907-646-3322 to sign up for a vaccine appointment; new appointments are added regularly. The phone line is staffed 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekends.
By Tuesday, 296,631 people — about 48% of Alaskans eligible for a shot — had received at least their first dose. At least 243,274 people — about 41% of Alaskans 16 and older — were considered fully vaccinated, according to the state’s vaccine monitoring dashboard.
By Tuesday, there were 39 people with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 in hospitals throughout the state, far below a peak in late 2020.
Of the 100 cases reported among Alaska residents on Tuesday, there were 19 in Anchorage plus one in Eagle River; 20 in Fairbanks; 19 in Wasilla; 15 in Palmer; seven in North Pole; three in Anchor Point; two in Soldotna; two in Ketchikan; two in Dillingham; one in Valdez; one in Kenai; one in Kodiak; one in Big Lake; one in Houston; one in Nome; and one in Bethel.
Among communities smaller than 1,000 people that aren’t named to protect residents’ privacy, there was one in the northern Kenai Peninsula Borough; one in the Fairbanks North Star Borough; and one in the Kusilvak Census Area.
There were also seven new cases among nonresidents: four in Unalaska; one in Valdez; one in Prudhoe Bay; and one in an unidentified region of the state.
While people might get tested more than once, each case reported by the state health department represents only one person.
The state’s data doesn’t specify whether people testing positive for COVID-19 have symptoms. More than half of the nation’s infections are transmitted from asymptomatic people, according to CDC estimates.