Alaska Department of Health & Social Services Weekly Case Update May 30 – June 5, 2021

Clinical Update

Decreasing Statewide transmission
Rt 0.8
Low Statewide alert status
4.7
Adequate Hospital capacityLow Test positivity
0.87%
53%
Alaskan 12 years and older are vaccinated
Red- quickly increasing, Rt>1.2

Orange- increasing, Rt 1-1.2

Yellow-decreasing, Rt<1
Red- 14-day average case rate per 100,000 people >10

Orange- 5-10

Yellow- <5
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 12 and older of 607,022 from the US Department of Labor

Brief Status Report

  • The overall number of reported COVID-19 cases in Alaska was lower than the previous week continuing the statewide trend that has been observed since late April. However, cases continue to be reported from most boroughs and census areas.
  • Since January 1, 2021, 98% of all COVID-19 hospitalizations in Alaska have been among people who were unvaccinated.
  • 53% of Alaskans aged 12 years and older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Starting June 1, anyone age 12 and older, including nonresident tourists, arriving at the Juneau, Fairbanks, or Anchorage airports is able to get a dose of vaccine free of charge at the airport

Case Trends and Predictions

  • 226 cases were reported in Alaskans last week. This is a 13% decrease from the week before.
  • Compared to last week, cases fell substantially in the Fairbanks North Star Borough and more modestly in the Municipality of Anchorage.
  • The largest week-over-week increase in reported cases occurred in the City and Borough of Juneau.
  • Two census areas, Prince of Wales-Hyder and Southeast Fairbanks, had notably elevated per capita incidence of COVID-19
  • The amount of testing has declined substantially in recent weeks in most parts of Alaska. It is not known what impact this decline may have on the proportion of all COVID-19 cases that are detected. The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services continues to recommend that any person with symptoms which may be due to COVID-19 gets tested immediately, regardless of vaccination status.
  • The estimated statewide daily growth rate as of June 1 is -4.2% and new cases are expected to halve every 16.5 days based on current modeling.

Regional Case Trends

Behavioral Health RegionCase rates
May 2–May 8
Case
rates
May 9–May 15
Case
rates
May 16–May 22
Case
rates
May 23–
May 29
Case rates May 30–June 5
Anchorage Municipality11.28.25.43.83.1
Fairbanks North Star Borough33.515.68.36.03.9
Interior Region except Fairbanks15.014.019.425.924.4
Juneau City and Borough8.87.23.83.66.7
Kenai Peninsula Borough9.07.86.83.83.3
Matanuska-Susitna Region22.414.88.75.94.7
Northern Southeast Region4.97.75.64.24.2
Northwest Region6.35.03.24.04.5
Southern Southeast Region32.954.258.236.919.2
Southwest Region3.32.53.23.53.8
Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Region7.26.99.69.16.9
Statewide15.311.28.26.04.7

Vaccination Status

Reported vaccinations as of June 6, 2021.

Regional Vaccine Trends

For May 9 – May 24, this is the percent of Alaskans aged 16+ who received one more dose of vaccine. Beginning on June 1, the calculation changed to the percent of Alaskans aged 12+ who have received one or more dose of vaccine. The percentage may be lower since the number of persons eligible for the vaccine increased.


Borough/Census Area
May 9May 16May 24June 1June 7
Aleutians East Borough61.1%66.7%77.7%81.7%83.9%
Aleutians West Census Area57.4%58.1%63.1%63.7%64.7%
Anchorage Municipality55.5%56.3%57.3%55.9%56.7%
Bethel Census Area69.9%70.4%71.4%67.7%68.5%
Bristol Bay plus Lake and Peninsula76.1%77.4%78.1%76.5%77.3%
Denali Borough55.6%56.0%58.8%60.5%62.0%
Dillingham Census Area52.8%53.1%53.8%56.2%56.7%
Fairbanks North Star Borough42.6%44.0%45.2%44.4%45.2%
Haines Borough66.2%66.6%67.2%66.3%66.7%
Juneau City and Borough71.4%72.6%74.0%72.8%73.8%
Kenai Peninsula Borough43.6%44.2%45.0%43.6%44.3%
Ketchikan Gateway Borough58.5%59.4%61.2%59.5%60.4%
Kodiak Island Borough62.3%62.7%63.7%61.8%62.5%
Kusilvak Census Area69.8%70.7%72.2%67.4%69.4%
Matanuska-Susitna Borough35.7%36.5%37.3%35.6%36.2%
Nome Census Area73.6%74.4%76.1%75.7%76.8%
North Slope Borough34.4%34.7%35.3%34.5%34.9%
Northwest Arctic Borough57.8%58.3%59.4%56.7%57.3%
Petersburg Borough75.8%76.2%77.0%62.1%62.7%
Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area49.2%50.1%51.8%59.3%62.7%
Sitka City and Borough70.4%71.1%72.1%70.0%71.1%
Skagway Municipality78.7%78.7%79.2%78.3%78.5%
Southeast Fairbanks Census Area30.8%31.2%31.6%29.9%30.6%
Valdez-Cordova Census Area57.0%57.7%
Wrangell City and Borough58.5%58.7%58.9%57.9%59.4%
Yakutat plus Hoonah-Angoon71.8%72.6%73.7%73.3%73.6%
Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area75.2%75.6%76.1%71.9%72.3%
Statewide51.7%52.9%53.7%52.0%53%
  • 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.
  • You can also visit vaccines.gov or find clinics in your area by texting your zip code  to GETVAX (438829) in English, or VACUNA (822862) for Spanish.

New Cases, Hospitalizations, and Deaths

  • During the week of May 30 through June 5, 2021, 226 cases were reported in Alaskans. This is a 13% decrease compared to the week prior, for a total of 67,690 cases.
  • Cumulative hospitalizations increased to 1,581 with 8 reported as occurring this week. Hospitalization reports often lag and only 1561 hospitalizations were reported at this time last week, so there are 20 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.
  • 10 new nonresident cases were identified this week for a total of 2,822 cases.

Vaccine Breakthrough Cases

  • 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–June 1, 2021, Alaska has recorded one death and eleven 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 21,285 cases, 476 hospitalizations, and 98 deaths were reported. 98% of all hospitalizations to date were unvaccinated people.
  • Specimens from VB infections (regardless of severity) are prioritized for sequencing and described in the weekly Alaska Genomics Report

Variant Tracking

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 June 3
Cumulative totals of variants identified in Alaska:

Variants of ConcernCases IdentifiedChange From Last WeekFirst Identified in Alaska
Alpha (B.1.1.7)230+5120 December 2020
Gamma (P.1)28+68 February 2021
Beta (B.1.351)5020 March 2021
Epsilon (B.1.427)7030 March 2021
Epsilon (B.1.429)124+624 December 2020
Variants of InterestCases IdentifiedChange From Last WeekFirst Identified in Alaska
Iota (B.1.526)17+14 February 2021
Eta (B.1.525)1016 March 2021
Zeta (P.2)4027 January 2021

Health Care Capacity

  • On June 7, 21 Alaskans with confirmed COVID-19 were hospitalized and 4 were reported to require a mechanical ventilator.

Cases by Week Reported and Age Group

Cases by Week Reported and Race

Clinical Update

Alaska Department of Health & Social Services Weekly Case Update
May 30 – June 5, 2021

Decreasing Statewide transmission
Rt 0.8
Low Statewide alert status
4.7
Adequate Hospital capacityLow Test positivity
0.87%
53%
Alaskan 12 years and older are vaccinated
Red- quickly increasing, Rt>1.2

Orange- increasing, Rt 1-1.2

Yellow-decreasing, Rt<1
Red- 14-day average case rate per 100,000 people >10

Orange- 5-10

Yellow- <5
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 12 and older of 607,022 from the US Department of Labor

Brief Status Report

  • The overall number of reported COVID-19 cases in Alaska was lower than the previous week continuing the statewide trend that has been observed since late April. However, cases continue to be reported from most boroughs and census areas.
  • Since January 1, 2021, 98% of all COVID-19 hospitalizations in Alaska have been among people who were unvaccinated.
  • 53% of Alaskans aged 12 years and older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Starting June 1, anyone age 12 and older, including nonresident tourists, arriving at the Juneau, Fairbanks, or Anchorage airports is able to get a dose of vaccine free of charge at the airport

Case Trends and Predictions

  • 226 cases were reported in Alaskans last week. This is a 13% decrease from the week before.
  • Compared to last week, cases fell substantially in the Fairbanks North Star Borough and more modestly in the Municipality of Anchorage.
  • The largest week-over-week increase in reported cases occurred in the City and Borough of Juneau.
  • Two census areas, Prince of Wales-Hyder and Southeast Fairbanks, had notably elevated per capita incidence of COVID-19
  • The amount of testing has declined substantially in recent weeks in most parts of Alaska. It is not known what impact this decline may have on the proportion of all COVID-19 cases that are detected. The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services continues to recommend that any person with symptoms which may be due to COVID-19 gets tested immediately, regardless of vaccination status.
  • The estimated statewide daily growth rate as of June 1 is -4.2% and new cases are expected to halve every 16.5 days based on current modeling.

Regional Case Trends

Behavioral Health RegionCase rates
May 2–May 8
Case
rates
May 9–May 15
Case
rates
May 16–May 22
Case
rates
May 23–
May 29
Case rates May 30–June 5
Anchorage Municipality11.28.25.43.83.1
Fairbanks North Star Borough33.515.68.36.03.9
Interior Region except Fairbanks15.014.019.425.924.4
Juneau City and Borough8.87.23.83.66.7
Kenai Peninsula Borough9.07.86.83.83.3
Matanuska-Susitna Region22.414.88.75.94.7
Northern Southeast Region4.97.75.64.24.2
Northwest Region6.35.03.24.04.5
Southern Southeast Region32.954.258.236.919.2
Southwest Region3.32.53.23.53.8
Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Region7.26.99.69.16.9
Statewide15.311.28.26.04.7

Vaccination Status


Reported vaccinations as of June 6, 2021.

Regional Vaccine Trends

For May 9 – May 24, this is the percent of Alaskans aged 16+ who received one more dose of vaccine. Beginning on June 1, the calculation changed to the percent of Alaskans aged 12+ who have received one or more dose of vaccine. The percentage may be lower since the number of persons eligible for the vaccine increased.


Borough/Census Area
May 9May 16May 24June 1June 7
Aleutians East Borough61.1%66.7%77.7%81.7%83.9%
Aleutians West Census Area57.4%58.1%63.1%63.7%64.7%
Anchorage Municipality55.5%56.3%57.3%55.9%56.7%
Bethel Census Area69.9%70.4%71.4%67.7%68.5%
Bristol Bay plus Lake and Peninsula76.1%77.4%78.1%76.5%77.3%
Denali Borough55.6%56.0%58.8%60.5%62.0%
Dillingham Census Area52.8%53.1%53.8%56.2%56.7%
Fairbanks North Star Borough42.6%44.0%45.2%44.4%45.2%
Haines Borough66.2%66.6%67.2%66.3%66.7%
Juneau City and Borough71.4%72.6%74.0%72.8%73.8%
Kenai Peninsula Borough43.6%44.2%45.0%43.6%44.3%
Ketchikan Gateway Borough58.5%59.4%61.2%59.5%60.4%
Kodiak Island Borough62.3%62.7%63.7%61.8%62.5%
Kusilvak Census Area69.8%70.7%72.2%67.4%69.4%
Matanuska-Susitna Borough35.7%36.5%37.3%35.6%36.2%
Nome Census Area73.6%74.4%76.1%75.7%76.8%
North Slope Borough34.4%34.7%35.3%34.5%34.9%
Northwest Arctic Borough57.8%58.3%59.4%56.7%57.3%
Petersburg Borough75.8%76.2%77.0%62.1%62.7%
Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area49.2%50.1%51.8%59.3%62.7%
Sitka City and Borough70.4%71.1%72.1%70.0%71.1%
Skagway Municipality78.7%78.7%79.2%78.3%78.5%
Southeast Fairbanks Census Area30.8%31.2%31.6%29.9%30.6%
Valdez-Cordova Census Area57.0%57.7%
Wrangell City and Borough58.5%58.7%58.9%57.9%59.4%
Yakutat plus Hoonah-Angoon71.8%72.6%73.7%73.3%73.6%
Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area75.2%75.6%76.1%71.9%72.3%
Statewide51.7%52.9%53.7%52.0%53%
  • 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.
  • You can also visit vaccines.gov or find clinics in your area by texting your zip code  to GETVAX (438829) in English, or VACUNA (822862) for Spanish.

New Cases, Hospitalizations, and Deaths

  • During the week of May 30 through June 5, 2021, 226 cases were reported in Alaskans. This is a 13% decrease compared to the week prior, for a total of 67,690 cases.
  • Cumulative hospitalizations increased to 1,581 with 8 reported as occurring this week. Hospitalization reports often lag and only 1561 hospitalizations were reported at this time last week, so there are 20 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.
  • 10 new nonresident cases were identified this week for a total of 2,822 cases.

Vaccine Breakthrough Cases

  • 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–June 1, 2021, Alaska has recorded one death and eleven 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 21,285 cases, 476 hospitalizations, and 98 deaths were reported. 98% of all hospitalizations to date were unvaccinated people.
  • Specimens from VB infections (regardless of severity) are prioritized for sequencing and described in the weekly Alaska Genomics Report

Variant Tracking

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 June 3
Cumulative totals of variants identified in Alaska:

Variants of ConcernCases IdentifiedChange From Last WeekFirst Identified in Alaska
Alpha (B.1.1.7)230+5120 December 2020
Gamma (P.1)28+68 February 2021
Beta (B.1.351)5020 March 2021
Epsilon (B.1.427)7030 March 2021
Epsilon (B.1.429)124+624 December 2020
Variants of InterestCases IdentifiedChange From Last WeekFirst Identified in Alaska
Iota (B.1.526)17+14 February 2021
Eta (B.1.525)1016 March 2021
Zeta (P.2)4027 January 2021

Health Care Capacity

  • On June 7, 21 Alaskans with confirmed COVID-19 were hospitalized and 4 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

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