Brief Status Report
- The statewide transmission rate and daily case rates decreased slightly from last week. Case rates continued to rise in Fairbanks with decreases in most other regions. Nearly twice as many Alaskans are hospitalized and on ventilators due to COVID-19 infections this week compared to last week. 98% of all patients who have been hospitalized due to COVID-19 infections have been unvaccinated.
- Alaska is currently the twelfth most vaccinated state per capita for adults 18+. 50% of the State/IHS vaccine allocation so far has been administered.
Case Trends and Predictions
- 887 cases were reported in Alaskans last week. This was an 18.6% decrease from the week before. Case rates increased significantly in Fairbanks with slight increases in the Southern Southeast, YK Delta, and Northwest regions.
- Case rates decreased in all other regions this week compared to the week prior.
- The estimated statewide daily growth rate as of May 2, 2021 is -0.67% and new cases are expected to halve every 103 days based on current modeling.
Regional Case Trends
|Behavioral Health Region||Case rates Mar 21– Mar 27||Case rates Mar 28– Apr 3||Case rates Apr 4– Apr 10||Case rates Apr 11– Apr 17||Case rates Apr 18– Apr 24||Case rates Apr 25– May 1|
|Fairbanks North Star Borough||13.7||16.2||17.0||18.3||37.1||50.1|
|Interior Region except Fairbanks||40.9||30.0||16.6||17.1||20.7||17.6|
|Juneau City and Borough||3.8||5.4||8.1||9.4||7.4||7.2|
|Kenai Peninsula Borough||6.7||11.8||15.5||20.1||19.3||12.4|
|Northern Southeast Region||6.3||7.4||8.1||11.6||9.5||3.5|
|Southern Southeast Region||4.7||5.4||6.1||5.8||11.9||19.9|
|Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Region||26.4||25.9||20.1||11.6||12.4||14.6|
Vaccines Status Update
Reported vaccinations as of May 3, 2021.
- Anyone 16 years or older who lives or works in Alaska is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
- On May 3, Alaska was the twenty-second most vaccinated state per capita for adults 18+ according to the CDC. The Alaska vaccine dashboard is available online for more up-to-date data.
Regional Vaccine Trends
|Borough/Census Area||Vaccination Rate for Ages 16+|
|Vaccination Rate for Ages 16+|
|1+ Dose||Fully Vaccinated||1+ Dose||Fully Vaccinated|
|Aleutians East Borough||56.7%||34%||58.9%||35.9%|
|Aleutians West Census Area||53.1%||30.7%||53.9%||32.5%|
|Bethel Census Area||68.7%||60.1%||69.3%||60.9%|
|Bristol Bay plus Lake and Peninsula||63.7%||51.8%||65.7%||53.8%|
|Chugach-Copper River Census Area||49.6%||44.5%||50.2%||45.2%|
|Dillingham Census Area||50.1%||41.3%||50.6%||42.0%|
|Fairbanks North Star Borough||40.1%||33.9%||41.4%||36.6%|
|Juneau City and Borough||69.4%||58.3%||70.2%||62.8%|
|Kenai Peninsula Borough||41.4%||36.9%||42.1%||38.1%|
|Ketchikan Gateway Borough||55.5%||48.4%||56.3%||50.3%|
|Kodiak Island Borough||59.8%||52.7%||60.7%||54.5%|
|Kusilvak Census Area||69.4%||56.7%||70.0%||58.0%|
|Nome Census Area||72.1%||69.3%||72.7%||69.9%|
|North Slope Borough||34.2%||31.0%||34.8%||32.0%|
|Northwest Arctic Borough||55.7%||50.5%||55.9%||51.0%|
|Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area||46.3%||41.6%||47.6%||42.3%|
|Sitka City and Borough||69.0%||63.1%||69.3%||63.6%|
|Southeast Fairbanks Census Area||28.4%||23.9%||29.8%||25.6%|
|Wrangell City and Borough||56.6%||52.2%||57.0%||53.0%|
|Yakutat plus Hoonah-Angoon||71.2%||64.5%||71.7%||65.2%|
|Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area||69.6%||62.6%||74.6%||69.4%|
- 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 25 through May 2, 2021, 887 cases were reported in Alaskans last week. This is an 18.6% decrease compared to the week prior for a total of 65,609.
- Cumulative hospitalizations increased to 1,494 with 13 reported as occurring this week. Hospitalization reports often lag and only 1,463 hospitalizations were reported at this time last week, so there are 31 hospitalizations newly reported this week including ones that began during previous weeks.
- 1 death was reported this week (342 total). It is common to take more than a week for a death to be reported, and deaths that occurred during Apr 25-May 1 may be reported in the future after death certificates are reviewed.
- 25 new nonresident cases were identified this week for a total of 2,748 cases.
- The most recent Alaska COVID Genomic Surveillance report was released on April 29
- Cumulative totals of variants of concern identified in Alaska:
|Variants of Concern||Cases Identified||Change from last week||First Identified in Alaska|
|B.1.1.7||32||+12||20 December 2020|
|P.1||9||+1||8 February 2021|
|B.1.351||1||0||20 March 2021|
|B.1.427||1||0||30 March 2021|
|B.1.429||88||+5||24 December 2020|
- Alaska’s Public Health Laboratories continue to monitor for variants of concern
Health Care Capacity
- On May 2, 60 Alaskans with confirmed COVID-19 were hospitalized and 9 were reported to require a mechanical ventilator.
Total Confirmed COVID-19 Beds Occupied
Cases by Week Reported and Age Group
Cases by Week Reported and Race
Cases by Week Reported and Region
Additional informational resources:
- The State of Alaska COVID-19 vaccine status update page:
- The State of Alaska COVID-19 information page provides more information about the virus and how individuals and businesses can protect themselves and others from transmission
- For the most up-to-date case information, see the Alaska Coronavirus Response Hub dashboard: updated Monday – Friday at data.coronavirus.alaska.gov
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