Alaska Department of Health & Social Services Weekly Case Update
July 4 — July 10, 2021
|Increasing Statewide transmission|
|Intermediate Statewide alert status|
|Adequate Hospital capacity||Intermediate Test positivity |
Alaskans 12 years and older are vaccinated
|Red- Rt >1.2|
Orange- Rt 1-1.2 Yellow- Rt <1
|Red- 14-day average case rate per 100,000 >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 12 and older of 607,022 from the Alaska Department of Labor|
- Overall, the number of identified cases of COVID-19 in Alaska increased last week compared to the previous week. This is the fourth week in a row of week-over-week increases.
- 368 cases were reported in Alaskans last week. This is a 31.0% increase from the week before.
- The largest changes were in the Kusilvak Census Area where the number of new cases decreased last week compared to the previous week and in Anchorage, Sitka, and the Kenai Peninsula Borough where the number of cases increased.
- In most Boroughs and Census Areas there is not clear evidence of either sustained increases or decreases. We expect considerable week-to-week variation, especially in less-populous areas.
- The total number of reported nonresident cases increased by 30 this week for a total of 2,954.
Regional Alert Level Trends
- Alert levels are based on the daily average number of reported cases over the past 14 days per 100,000 population.
|Behavioral Health Region||Alert Level|
|Alert Level June 21||Alert Level June 28||Alert Level July 7||Alert Level July 12|
|Fairbanks North Star Borough||1.8||1.7||1.2||0.8||1.3|
|Interior Region except Fairbanks||9.5||8.6||4.3||3.1||7.7|
|Juneau City and Borough||7.0||3.4||1.6||3.1||3.6|
|Kenai Peninsula Borough||3.0||1.9||1.7||3.5||7.0|
|Northern Southeast Region||2.5||3.2||3.2||5.6||13.7|
|Southern Southeast Region||10.8||6.1||3.3||2.9||4.0|
|Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Region||5.2||12.1||23.1||17.6||14.0|
** Rates based on <6 observations are not reported
- Anyone aged ≥12 years in Alaska is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
- If you have received an initial dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, be sure to get your second dose too. Evidence suggests two doses of an mRNA vaccine are more effective than one dose of an mRNA vaccine, especially against emerging variants of concern.
- Vaccinated persons with immunocompromising conditions should discuss with their health care providers the need for personal protective measures.
- The Food and Drug Administration updated the fact sheets on the Johnson and Johnson / Janssen COVID-19 vaccine to note that cases of Guillain Barré syndrome have occurred rarely among persons mostly within 42 days of receiving the vaccine. There is not evidence of an association between mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) and Guillain Barré syndrome.
- To schedule your vaccine appointment visit covidvax.alaska.gov or call 907-646-3322.
- 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.
- The Alaska vaccine dashboard is available online for the most up-to-date data.
Regional Vaccine Coverage:
- This is the percent of Alaskans aged 12+ who received one or more dose of vaccine.
|Borough/Census Area||July 12|
|Aleutians East Borough||86.3%|
|Aleutians West Census Area||69.9%|
|Bethel Census Area||72.2%|
|Bristol Bay plus Lake and Peninsula||85.4%|
|Dillingham Census Area||59.0%|
|Fairbanks North Star Borough||48.4%|
|Juneau City and Borough||76.9%|
|Kenai Peninsula Borough||46.2%|
|Ketchikan Gateway Borough||65.2%|
|Kodiak Island Borough||64.7%|
|Kusilvak Census Area||76.6%|
|Nome Census Area||80.3%|
|North Slope Borough||36.5%|
|Northwest Arctic Borough||61.1%|
|Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area||66.2%|
|Sitka City and Borough||73.7%|
|Southeast Fairbanks Census Area||32.4%|
|Valdez-Cordova Census Area||60.7%|
|Wrangell City and Borough||61.3%|
|Yakutat plus Hoonah-Angoon||76.6%|
|Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area||77.3%|
New Hospitalizations and Deaths
- Cumulative hospitalizations increased by 19 to 1,643. Hospitalization reports often lag when a case was initially reported.
- Four deaths were reported this week, with an overall cumulative death count of 374. It is common to take some time for a death to be reported and verified, and deaths that occurred during July 4—July 10 may be reported in the future after death certificates are reviewed.
- The most recent Alaska COVID Genomic Surveillance report was released on July 14.
|Variants of Concern||Cases Identified||Change from Previous Report||First Identified in Alaska|
|Alpha (B.1.1.7)||384||+21||20 December 2020|
|Beta (B.1.351)||7||0||20 March 2021|
|Gamma (P.1/P.1.1/P.1.2)||65||+6||8 February 2021|
|Delta (B.1.617.2-like)||58||+21||30 May 2021|
|Variants of Interest||Cases Identified||Change from Previous Report||First Identified in Alaska|
|Epsilon (B.1.427/429)||138||+1||24 December 2020|
|Eta (B.1.525)||1||0||16 March 2021|
|Iota (B.1.526)||29||+2||4 February 2021|
|Zeta (P.2)||4||0||27 January 2021|
Vaccine Breakthrough Cases
- Vaccine breakthrough (VB) infections of COVID are those detected in a person who is at least 2 weeks beyond their second dose of a 2-dose series or the only dose of a 1-dose series.
- From January 1–July 10, 2021, two deaths, 22 hospitalizations, and 752 cases resulting from a VB infection were reported among Alaska residents. These counts are provisional and subject to change as more data are compiled. In that same time frame, a total of 22,646 cases, 538 hospitalizations, and 86 deaths were reported.
- 97% of all cases, 96% of all hospitalizations, and 98% of all deaths to date were in people who were not fully vaccinated.
- Specimens from VB infections are described in the weekly Alaska Genomics Report.
Cases by Week Reported and Age
Cases by Week Reported and Race
|Additional informational resources: 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 For DHSS media inquiries, please contact email@example.com|