COVID-19 Alaska Weekly Case Update: April 18 – 24, 2021

Brief Status Report

  • The statewide transmission rate and daily case rates decreased slightly from last week. Case rates more than doubled in Fairbanks but decreased in Anchorage, Matanuska-Susitna, and Juneau regions. 
  • Alaska is currently the twelfth most vaccinated state per capita for adults 18+. 49% of the State/IHS vaccine allocation so far has been administered.
COVID-19 Alaska Weekly Update

Case Trends and Predictions

  • 1,090 cases were reported in Alaskans last week. This was a 3.5% decrease from the week before. Case rates more than doubled in Fairbanks but decreased in Anchorage, the Matanuska-Susitna region, Juneau, the Northern Southeast, and Southwest regions.
  • Case rates increased in the Interior region, Northwest, Southern Southeast, and YK Delta regions compared with last week.
  • The estimated statewide daily growth rate as of April 25, 2021 is -0.42% and new cases are expected to halve every 164.2 days based on current modeling.
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Regional Case Trends

Behavioral Health RegionCase rates Mar 14– Mar 20Case rates Mar 21– Mar 27Case rates Mar 28– Apr 3Case rates Apr 4– Apr 10Case rates Apr 11– Apr 17Case rates Apr 18– Apr 24
Anchorage Municipality16.622.025.722.821.017.2
Fairbanks North Star Borough11.713.716.217.018.337.1
Interior Region except Fairbanks47.140.930.016.617.120.7
Juneau City and Borough4.
Kenai Peninsula Borough6.26.711.815.520.119.3
Matanuska-Susitna Region36.740.949.246.948.240.6
Northern Southeast Region6.
Northwest Region5.
Southern Southeast Region4.
Southwest Region5.
Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Region34.126.425.920.111.612.4

Vaccines Status Update

COVID-19 Alaska Weekly Update
Reported vaccinations as of April 25, 2021.

Regional Vaccine Trends

Borough/Census AreaVaccination Rate for Ages 16+
April 25
1+ DoseFully Vaccinated
Aleutians East Borough56.7%34%
Aleutians West Census Area53.1%30.7%
Anchorage Municipality52.8%45.3%
Bethel Census Area68.7%60.1%
Bristol Bay plus Lake and Peninsula63.7%51.8%
Chugach-Copper River Census Area49.6%44.5%
Denali Borough53.0%48.0%
Dillingham Census Area50.1%41.3%
Fairbanks North Star Borough40.1%33.9%
Haines Borough66.3%62.0%
Juneau City and Borough69.4%58.3%
Kenai Peninsula Borough41.4%36.9%
Ketchikan Gateway Borough55.5%48.4%
Kodiak Island Borough59.8%52.7%
Kusilvak Census Area69.4%56.7%
Matanuska-Susitna Borough33.6%28.8%
Nome Census Area72.1%69.3%
North Slope Borough34.2%31.0%
Northwest Arctic Borough55.7%50.5%
Petersburg Borough72.9%68.4%
Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area46.3%41.6%
Sitka City and Borough69.0%63.1%
Skagway Municipality78.2%74.2%
Southeast Fairbanks Census Area28.4%23.9%
Wrangell City and Borough56.6%52.2%
Yakutat plus Hoonah-Angoon71.2%64.5%
Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area69.6%62.6%
  • To schedule your vaccine appointment visit 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 18 through April 24, 2021, 1,090 cases were reported in Alaskans last week. This is a 3.5% decrease compared to the week prior for a total of 64,703
  • Cumulative hospitalizations increased to 1,463 with 10 reported as occurring this week. Hospitalization reports often lag and only 1,426 hospitalizations were reported at this time last week, so there are 37 hospitalizations newly reported this week including ones that began during previous weeks.
  • 12 deaths were reported this week (341 total), though all of these deaths occurred prior to April 24. It is common to take more than a week for a death to be reported, and deaths that occurred during Apr 18-24 may be reported in the future after death certificates are reviewed.
  • 28 new nonresident cases were identified this week for a total of 2,723 cases.
COVID-19 Alaska Weekly Update

Variant Tracking

Variants of ConcernCases IdentifiedChange from last weekFirst Identified in Alaska
B.1.1.720+520 December 2020
P.18+28 February 2021
B.1.3511020 March 2021
B.1.4271030 March 2021
B.1.42983+924 December 2020

Health Care Capacity

  • On April 25, 37 Alaskans with confirmed COVID-19 were hospitalized and 5 were 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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