|Decreasing Statewide transmission |
|Intermediate Statewide alert status|
|Adequate Hospital capacity||Low Test positivity |
Alaskan 16 years and older vaccinated
|Red- quickly increasing, Rt>1.2|
Orange- increasing, Rt 1-1.2
|Red- 14-day average case rate per 100,000 people >10|
|Red- <3 weeks until beyond capacity|
Orange- 3-6 weeks Yellow- >6 weeks
|Red->5% Orange- 2-5% Yellow- <2%||At least one shot Estimated AK population 16 and older of 569,699 from census.gov (American Community Survey 2019)|
Brief Status Report
- The statewide average daily case rate continued decreasing. The current 14-day average case rate per 100,000 people is similar to levels last seen in July 2020.
- Since January 1, 2021, >98% of all COVID-19 hospitalizations in Alaska have been among people who were unvaccinated.
- 52% of Alaskans aged 12 years and older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
- Alaska is currently the twenty-eighth most vaccinated state per capita for adults aged ≥18.
- As of May 12, all Alaskans aged ≥12 years are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccine is available at no cost.
- Starting June 1, anyone, including nonresident tourists, arriving at the Juneau, Fairbanks, Ketchikan, or Anchorage airports is able to get a dose of vaccine free of charge at the airport
Case Trends and Predictions
- 261 cases were reported in Alaskans last week. This is a 32% decrease from the week before.
- Case rates continued to increase in the Interior region while rates decreased from last week in the Southern Southeast region.
- Case rates decreased in 7 of the 11 behavioral health regions this week. Two regions saw minimal increases in case rates but still have <5 cases per 100,000 population.
- The estimated statewide daily growth rate as of June 1 is -4.3% and new cases are expected to halve every 16 days based on current modeling.
Regional Case Trends
|Behavioral Health Region||Case rates|
Apr 25– May 1
May 2– May 8
May 9–May 15
May 16–May 22
|Fairbanks North Star Borough||50.1||33.5||15.6||8.3||6.0|
|Interior Region except Fairbanks||17.6||15.0||14.0||19.4||25.9|
|Juneau City and Borough||7.2||8.8||7.2||3.8||3.6|
|Kenai Peninsula Borough||12.4||9.0||7.8||6.8||3.8|
|Northern Southeast Region||3.5||4.9||7.7||5.6||4.2|
|Southern Southeast Region||19.9||32.9||54.2||58.2||36.9|
|Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Region||14.6||7.2||6.9||9.6||9.1|
Reported vaccinations as of June 1, 2021.
- Anyone aged ≥12 years who lives or works in Alaska is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
- On June 1, Alaska was the twenty-eighth most vaccinated state per capita for adults aged ≥18 years. The Alaska vaccine dashboard is available online for more up-to-date data.
Regional Vaccine Trends:
- For May 9-May 24, the Percent of Alaskans aged 16+ who have received one or more dose of vaccine
- For June 1, the percent of Alaskans aged 12+ who have received one or more dose of vaccine. This percentage may be lower than previous weeks since the number of persons eligible for the vaccine increased since those 12+ are now eligible.
|Borough/Census Area||As of May 9||As of May 16||As of May 24||As of June 1|
|Aleutians East Borough||61.1%||66.7%||77.7%||81.7%|
|Aleutians West Census Area||57.4%||58.1%||63.1%||63.7%|
|Bethel Census Area||69.9%||70.4%||71.4%||67.7%|
|Bristol Bay plus Lake and Peninsula||76.1%||77.4%||78.1%||76.5%|
|Dillingham Census Area||52.8%||53.1%||53.8%||56.2%|
|Fairbanks North Star Borough||42.6%||44.0%||45.2%||44.4%|
|Juneau City and Borough||71.4%||72.6%||74.0%||72.8%|
|Kenai Peninsula Borough||43.6%||44.2%||45.0%||43.6%|
|Ketchikan Gateway Borough||58.5%||59.4%||61.2%||59.5%|
|Kodiak Island Borough||62.3%||62.7%||63.7%||61.8%|
|Kusilvak Census Area||69.8%||70.7%||72.2%||67.4%|
|Nome Census Area||73.6%||74.4%||76.1%||75.7%|
|North Slope Borough||34.4%||34.7%||35.3%||34.5%|
|Northwest Arctic Borough||57.8%||58.3%||59.4%||56.7%|
|Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area||49.2%||50.1%||51.8%||59.3%|
|Sitka City and Borough||70.4%||71.1%||72.1%||70.0%|
|Southeast Fairbanks Census Area||30.8%||31.2%||31.6%||29.9%|
|Wrangell City and Borough||58.5%||58.7%||58.9%||57.9%|
|Yakutat plus Hoonah-Angoon||71.8%||72.6%||73.7%||73.3%|
|Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area||75.2%||75.6%||76.1%||71.9%|
- 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.
New Cases, Hospitalizations, and Deaths
- During the week of May 23 through May 29, 2021, 261 cases were reported in Alaskans. This is a 32% decrease compared to the week prior, for a total of 67,458 cases.
- Cumulative hospitalizations increased to 1,561 with 3 reported as occurring this week. Hospitalization reports often lag and only 1,553 hospitalizations were reported at this time last week, so there are 8 hospitalizations newly reported this week including ones that began during previous weeks.
- No deaths were reported this week (362 total). It is common to take more than a week for a death to be reported, and deaths that occurred during May 23-May 29 may be reported in the future after death certificates are reviewed.
- 12 new nonresident cases were identified this week for a total of 2,812 cases.
Vaccine Breakthrough Cases
- No new vaccine breakthrough cases were reported during May 23-May 29.
- Vaccine breakthrough (VB) infections of COVID are those detected in a person who is more than 2 weeks beyond their second dose of a 2-dose series or the only dose of a 1-dose series. As of May 1, 2021, CDC changed reporting of VB cases to be only those associated with hospitalization or death.
- From January 1–May 24, 2021, Alaska has recorded one death and nine hospitalizations resulting from a VB infection. These counts are provisional and subject to change as more data are compiled. In that same time frame, a total of 20,997 cases, 470 hospitalizations, and 98 deaths were reported. 98.1% of all hospitalizations to date were people who are unvaccinated.
- Specimens from VB infections (regardless of severity) are prioritized for sequencing and described in the weekly Alaska Genomics Report
- On May 31 the WHO released updated nomenclature systems for naming and tracking SARS-CoV-2 variant strains. Though not yet updated in the Alaska COVID Genomic Surveillance Report, the variants are listed below with their new WHO labels.
- The most recent Alaska COVID Genomic Surveillance report was released on May 27
- Cumulative totals of variants identified in Alaska:
|Variants of Concern||Cases Identified||Change From Last Week||First Identified in Alaska|
|Alpha (B.1.1.7)||179||+38||20 December 2020|
|Gamma (P.1)||22||+6||8 February 2021|
|Beta (B.1.351)||5||+1||20 March 2021|
|Epsilon (B.1.427)||7||+2||30 March 2021|
|Epsilon (B.1.429)||118||+4||24 December 2020|
|Variants of Interest||Cases Identified||Change From Last Week||First Identified in Alaska|
|Iota (B.1.526)||16||+4||4 February 2021|
|Eta (B.1.525)||1||0||16 March 2021|
|Zeta (P.2)||4||0||27 January 2021|
Health Care Capacity
- On June 1, 21 Alaskans with confirmed COVID-19 were hospitalized and 6 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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