Alaska Department of Health & Social Services Weekly Case Update
July 18 — July 24, 2021
|HIGH Statewide transmission|
|HIGH Statewide alert status|
|Limited Hospital capacity||Intermediate Test positivity |
Alaskans 12 years and older are vaccinated
|Red- Rt >1.2|
Orange- Rt 1-1.2 Yellow- Rt <1
|14-day average cases reported per 100,000 population Red>10|
|Multiple hospitals in Anchorage were at surge capacity the weekend of July 24th and 25th due to high volumes of both COVID and non-COVID patients.||Red->5%|
|This includes people with at least one dose. Estimated AK population 12 and older of 607,022 from the AK Department of Labor & Workforce Development.|
- The number of COVID-19 cases in Alaska continued last week on a clear upwards trajectory.
- 1,358 cases were reported in Alaskans last week. This is a 55% increase from the week before. This is the sixth week in a row of week-over-week increases.
- Increases in cases were widely distributed across the state, with increases in multiple parts of Southeast Alaska (especially Sitka and Juneau), nearly all parts of the state on the road system (including Kenai Peninsula Borough, Anchorage, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Fairbanks North Star Borough, and the Copper River Census Area), and some parts of rural Alaska (e.g., Bethel Census Area and Kodiak Island Borough).
- The Delta variant has become the dominant SARS-CoV-2 variant in Alaska. This variant transmits more easily than other variants.
- Currently available COVID vaccines will help protect you, your family, and your community against COVID-19, including the Delta variant. Getting vaccinated now is more important than ever. Avoid crowds and delay travel until you are fully vaccinated.
- All regions of Alaska are now at the “orange” or “red” Alert Level. All persons, including fully vaccinated persons, should wear a mask when in indoor public spaces.
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 July 7||Alert Level July 12||Alert Level|
|Alert Level July 26|
|Fairbanks North Star Borough||0.8||1.3||2.4||6.7|
|Interior Region except Fairbanks||3.1||7.7||19.4||40.3|
|Juneau City and Borough||3.1||3.6||6.7||24.5|
|Kenai Peninsula Borough||3.5||7.0||18.7||35.4|
|Northern Southeast Region||5.6||13.7||51.1||99.1|
|Southern Southeast Region||2.9||4.0||4.0||6.1|
|Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Region||17.6||14.0||12.4||22.3|
** Rates based on <6 observations are not reported
- Anyone aged 12+ 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.
- 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 27|
|Aleutians East Borough||86.8%|
|Aleutians West Census Area||70.9%|
|Bethel Census Area||73.5%|
|Bristol Bay plus Lake and Peninsula||89.5%|
|Dillingham Census Area||60.0%|
|Fairbanks North Star Borough||49.4%|
|Juneau City and Borough||78.1%|
|Kenai Peninsula Borough||47.2%|
|Ketchikan Gateway Borough||66.2%|
|Kodiak Island Borough||65.8%|
|Kusilvak Census Area||78.2%|
|Nome Census Area||81.3%|
|North Slope Borough||37.4%|
|Northwest Arctic Borough||62.2%|
|Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area||66.8%|
|Sitka City and Borough||75.8%|
|Southeast Fairbanks Census Area||32.9%|
|Valdez-Cordova Census Area||61.9%|
|Wrangell City and Borough||61.6%|
|Yakutat plus Hoonah-Angoon||77.3%|
|Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area||78.1%|
New Hospitalizations and Deaths
- Cumulative hospitalizations increased by 27 to 1,694. Hospitalization reports often lag when a case was initially reported.
- 8.9% of hospitalized patients in Alaska had COVID-19 as of July 27, 2021.
- On July 24, 2021, there were 97 persons with COVID-19 in AK hospitals, which is a 64% increase relative to the week before when there were 59 persons hospitalized.
- The cumulative number of COVID-19 deaths among Alaska residents increased by 3 to 377. It is common to take some time for a death to be reported and verified, and deaths that occurred during July 18-July 24 may be reported in the future after death certificates are reviewed.
Total Confirmed COVID Beds Occupied
- The most recent Alaska COVID Genomic Surveillance report was released on July 27th.
|Variants of Concern||Cases Identified||Change from Previous Report||First Identified in Alaska|
|Alpha (B.1.1.7)||416||+5||20 December 2020|
|Beta (B.1.351)||7||0||20 March 2021|
|Gamma (P.1/P.1.1/P.1.2)||71||+1||8 February 2021|
|Delta (B.1.617.2-like)||251||+137||30 May 2021|
|Variants of Interest||Cases Identified||Change from Previous Report||First Identified in Alaska|
|Epsilon (B.1.427/429)||139||0||24 December 2020|
|Eta (B.1.525)||1||0||16 March 2021|
|Iota (B.1.526)||30||0||4 February 2021|
|Zeta (P.2)||4||0||27 January 2021|
Vaccine Breakthrough Cases
- Vaccine breakthrough (VB) infections of COVID-19 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 24, 2021, three deaths, 37 hospitalizations, and 1,324 cases with 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 22,886 cases, 589 hospitalizations, and 89 deaths were reported.
- 94% of all cases, 94% of all hospitalizations, and 97% 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.
Statewide Percentage of Daily Tests with Positive Results
(Seven day rolling average)
Cases by Week of Onset and Age
Cases by Week of Onset 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
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