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COVID-19 DATA SUMMARY – March 23, 2022

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PREVIEW – 573 new cases | 20 deaths* | 37 hospitalizations | Statewide Alert Level: High | 59.5% of Alaskans 5 years and older vaccinated

To check variant data for Alaska, please visit the Alaska Coronavirus Variant Dashboard at akvariants.github.io.

TAKE ACTION – Choosing to get vaccinated is the most important step you can take to protect yourself and your community and to keep our economy strong. Learn more about vaccines at covidvax.alaska.gov and CDC recommendations for fully vaccinated people at cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html. The vaccine is now available for children 5 years and older. The rates listed below reflect the percentage of Alaskans ages 5 and older reported vaccinated.

VACCINES – 64.8% of Alaskans ages 5 and older have received at least their first dose of the vaccine.

59.5% of Alaskans ages 5 and older have been fully immunized. The higher the vaccination rate, the more members of the community are protected against COVID-19. See below for the percentages of all fully immunized Alaskans ages 5 and older by region:

  • Juneau area: 79.5%
  • Yukon Delta Region: 76.3%
  • Other South-East – North region: 74.1%
  • South West Region: 69.7%
  • Other South-East region – South: 66.9%
  • Anchor region: 64.3%
  • Northwest Region: 62.4
  • Other interior region: 59.8%
  • Fairbanks North Star Ward: 51.2%
  • Kenai Peninsula region: 49.2%
  • Matanuska-Susitna area: 41.9%

CASE – DHSS today announced 573 new people identified with COVID-19 in Alaska.

553 resided in: Anchorage (161), Bethel Census Area (40 out of 12 communities), Greater Wasilla Area (32), Nome (29), Juneau (26), Dillingham (24), Ketchikan (21), Eagle River (17), Fairbanks ( 17), Nome Census Area (16 of 7 communities), Greater Palmer Area (14), North Slope Borough (13), Sitka (12), Valdez (11), Kenai (10), Kusilvak Census Area (10 of 3 communities ), Soldotna (10), Kotzebue (8), Dillingham Census Area (7 of 2 communities), Bethel (6), Kodiak (6), North Pole (6), Northwest Arctic Borough (6 of 4 communities), Seward ( 6), Homer (5), Kenai Peninsula Borough-North (5 out of 2 communities), Metlakatla (5), Wrangell (5), Anchor Point (3), Chugiak (3), Houston/Big Lake area (3), Skagway (3), Utqiaġvik (3), Hooper Bay (2), Nikiski (2) and one each in the West Aleutian Census Area, Copper River Census Area, Cordova, Fritz Creek, Haines and Mat Su Borough.

Twenty non-resident cases have been identified in:

  • Fairbanks: 11 with one goal under investigation
  • Mooring: 4 with objective under study
  • Ketchikan: 1 with a goal under investigation
  • Juneau: 1 with a goal under investigation
  • Southeast Fairbanks Census Area: 1 with a target under consideration
  • Wasilla: 1 with a goal under investigation
  • Location Under Investigation: 1 with an objective under investigation

Five resident cases and three nonresident cases were added to the overall state total due to data verification procedures, bringing the total number of Alaska resident cases to 237,883 and the total number of non-resident cases to 7,949.

HOSPITALIZATIONS & DEATHS – There were a total of 3,733 resident hospitalizations and 1,189 death of inhabitants.

Nineteen new Alaska resident hospitalizations and 20 Alaska resident deaths were reported. New deaths from COVID-19 are reported on Wednesdays. Please see this webpage for more information on the process used to report COVID-19 deaths: dhss.alaska.gov/dph/epi/id/pages/covid-19/deathcounts.aspx.

The Alaska residents who died were:

  • 80+ year old Anchorage resident
  • 80+ year old Anchorage resident
  • Male Anchorage resident in his 60s
  • An Anchorage resident in her 60s
  • A male Anchorage resident in his 50s
  • A male resident of the Bethel Census Area in his 60s
  • A Big Lake resident in his 60s
  • A male resident of the Copper River Census Area in his 60s
  • A Fairbanks resident male in his 60s
  • A Juneau resident in her 60s
  • A Kenai resident aged 80 and older
  • A Kenai resident aged 80 and older
  • A Kenai resident in her 60s
  • A Kodiak resident in his 60s
  • A male resident of Petersburg aged 80 and over
  • A resident of the Southeast Fairbanks Census Area in her 60s
  • Wasilla resident male in his 60s
  • A Wasilla resident in her 40s
  • A Wasilla resident in her 40s
  • A male resident of the Koyukuk Census Area in the Yukon aged 80 or older

Our thoughts go out to their family and loved ones.

There are currently 37 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 who are hospitalized and six additional patients who are considered persons under investigation (PUI) for a total of 43 ongoing COVID-related hospitalizations. One of these patients is on a ventilator. The percentage of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 is 2.7%.

TEST – Our test dashboard data is archived and still available, but test data updates are now available in a tab on the case dashboard: https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/af2efc8bffbf4cdc83c2d1a134354074 /. DHSS no longer reports the percentage of positivity or the cumulative number of tests on our dashboard. This is partly due to the increased use of rapid home antigen tests, where the results are not reported to the state. Additionally, effective immediately, some testing organizations will only be required to report positive COVID-19 test results and will not need to report negative results to the Epidemiology Section. This change will allow these organizations to focus on communicating positive results and mitigation measures instead of the time-consuming task of communicating negative results. Both of these changes make percent positivity a less meaningful metric, which is why DHSS no longer tracks this on its dashboard. If you have any questions about the data or these changes, please email [email protected]

ALERT LEVELS – The current statewide alert level – based on the number of reported cases per 100,000 people in the past 7 days – is high (red) at 193.3. For boroughs and census tracts: 22 sectors are at the high alert level (>100 cases), four sectors are at the high alert level (50-99.99), no sector is at the alert level moderate (10-49.99) and one sector is at the low alert level (0-9.99).

Find alert levels for individual boroughs and census areas using the alert level map on the Cases Dashboard at www.arcgis.com/apps/dashboards/ddd52524412b41b690b82b5618735f9e.