Alaska Department of Health & Social Services Weekly Case Update April 11 – 17, 2021

Brief Status Report

  • The statewide transmission rate and daily case rates were nearly unchanged from last week. Case rates decreased in Anchorage, the Southern Southeast, Southwest, and Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta regions. Case rates increased in all other regions.
  • Alaska is currently the twelfth most vaccinated state per capita. 48% of the State/IHS vaccine allocation so far has been administered.
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Case Trends and Predictions

  • 1,129 cases were reported in Alaskans last week. This was a 1% increase from the week before. Case rates decreased in Anchorage, the Southern Southeast, Southwest, and YK Delta regions. Case rates increased in seven of the State’s eleven behavioral health regions this week compared with last week.
  • Matanuska-Susitna case rate increased to 48.2 from 46.9 last week. The Fairbanks North Star Borough increased to 18.3 up from 17.0 the week before.
  • The estimated statewide daily growth rate as of April 19, 2021 is 0.56% and new cases are expected to double every 124.1 days based on current modeling.
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Regional Case Trends

Behavioral Health RegionCase rates Mar 7– Mar 13Case rates Mar 14– Mar 20Case rates Mar 21– Mar 27Case rates Mar 28– Apr 3Case rates Apr 4– Apr 10Case rates Apr 11– Apr 17
Anchorage Municipality16.516.622.025.722.821.0
Fairbanks North Star Borough13.711.713.716.217.018.3
Interior Region except Fairbanks30.047.140.930.016.617.1
Juneau City and Borough6.34.33.85.48.19.4
Kenai Peninsula Borough7.66.26.711.815.520.1
Matanuska-Susitna Region38.536.740.949.246.948.2
Northern Southeast Region17.26.06.37.48.111.6
Northwest Region4.75.34.53.23.74.5
Southern Southeast Region6.14.04.75.46.15.8
Southwest Region4.35.35.65.110.19.3
Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Region29.734.126.425.920.111.6
Statewide17.817.320.123.522.322.0

Vaccines Status Update

COVID-19 Alaska Weekly Update
Reported vaccinations as of April 20, 2021.

Regional Vaccine Trends

Borough/Census AreaVaccination Rate for Ages 16+
April 19
1+ DoseFully Vaccinated
Aleutians East Borough57.0%34.3%
Aleutians West Census Area53.6%30.3%
Anchorage Municipality52.5%44.5%
Bethel Census Area69.1%59.8%
Bristol Bay plus Lake and Peninsula64.4%52.4%
Chugach-Copper River Census Area49.2%43.5%
Denali Borough53.5%46.7%
Dillingham Census Area50.1%40.6%
Fairbanks North Star Borough39.0%32.0%
Haines Borough65.9%61.5%
Juneau City and Borough68.6%57.5%
Kenai Peninsula Borough40.5%35.6%
Ketchikan Gateway Borough54.7%46.6%
Kodiak Island Borough60.5%52.5%
Kusilvak Census Area67.5%54.7%
Matanuska-Susitna Borough32.3%27.2%
Nome Census Area71.7%68.9%
North Slope Borough34.4%31.1%
Northwest Arctic Borough55.9%50.0%
Petersburg Borough73.0%68.7%
Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area45.4%41.6%
Sitka City and Borough68.6%62.8%
Skagway Municipality73.2%68.7%
Southeast Fairbanks Census Area28.2%23.5%
Wrangell City and Borough56.6%51.6%
Yakutat plus Hoonah-Angoon71.2%64.9%
Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area71.2%63.5%
Statewide47.7%40.5%
  • To schedule your vaccine appointment visit covidvax.alaska.gov or call 907-646-3322. The call line is staffed Monday-Friday from 9AM-6:30PM and 9AM-4:30PM on weekends. The call line can also be used to answer general questions about vaccine safety and to request appointments to receive a specific type of vaccine. Alaskans receiving health services through a Tribal Health Organization or the Department of Defense should contact those organizations directly to determine their eligibility.

New Cases, Hospitalizations, and Deaths

  • During the week of April 11 through April 17, 2021 1,129 cases were reported in Alaskans last week. This is a 1% increase from the week before for a total of 63,561.
  • Cumulative hospitalizations increased to 1,426 with 14 reported as occurring this week. Hospitalization reports often lag and only 1,389 hospitalizations were reported at this time last week, so there are 37 hospitalizations newly reported this week including ones that began during previous weeks.
  • 19 deaths were reported this week (329 total), though all of these deaths occurred prior to April 17. It is common to take more than a week for a death to be reported, and deaths that occurred during Apr 11-17 may be reported in the future after death certificates are reviewed.
  • 62 new nonresident cases were identified this week for a total of 2,695 cases.
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Variant Tracking

Variants of ConcernCases IdentifiedFirst Identified in Alaska
B.1.1.71520 December 2020
P.168 February 2021
B.1.351120 March 2021
B.1.427130 March 2021
B.1.4297424 December 2020

Health Care Capacity

  • On April 19, 37 Alaskans with confirmed COVID-19 were hospitalized and 1 was reported to require a mechanical ventilator.

Total Confirmed COVID-19 Beds Occupied

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Cases by Week Reported and Age Group

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Cases by Week Reported and Race

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Cases by Week Reported and Region

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