By Sunday, 76 people with COVID-19 had been hospitalized and another six people in hospitals were suspected of having the virus.
The daily number of cases in the country has decreased significantly in recent weeks, after the staff increased in November and early December. Although infections have declined, health officials continue to express concern about the jump in post-holiday cases. The level of warning for the state is still high.
The vaccines reached Alaska in mid-December, and by Friday, 25,058 people had received the first dose of the vaccine, according to the state’s vaccine dashboard. Healthcare professionals and adults over the age of 65 are now eligible for vaccinations, although meeting slots are limited and fill up quickly when the schedule window opens on Wednesday.
Vaccines can be booked at covidvax.alaska.gov or by calling 907-646-3322, leaving a message, and waiting for a call back from an operator.
Of the 251 new cases reported Sunday in Alaska, 85 are in Anchorage, one in Alien and four in the Eagle River; one in Homer, one in Kenai, one in Nikiski, one in Seward, three in Soldotna, and two in Sterling; seven were in Kadiak; two were in Córdoba; 25 were at Fairbanks and four at the North Pole; eight were in Palmer, 40 in Basil, and one in Willow; one was in Kotzebue; two were in Juneau; one was in Ketchikan; one was in Sitka; three were in Unalaska; and 11 were in Bethel.
Among communities of less than 1,000 people not listed to protect privacy, there was one case in the northern part of the Kenai Peninsula and two in the southern part of the neighborhood; two were in the Fairbanks North Star Borough area; two were in the Yukon-Koyukuk census area; 14 were in the area of the northern slope; three were in the northwestern Arctic; 18 were in the census area of Bethel; and three were in the Kusilwak census area.
Six cases of non-residents were reported on Sunday, including three in Anchorage, one in the Eagle River, one in Vasila and one in a location that is still being determined.
Although people can be tested more than once, each case reported by the state health department represents only one person.
State data did not specify whether people with a positive COVID-19 test had symptoms. More than half of the country’s infections are transmitted by asymptomatic people, according to CDC estimates.
The positive test rate for the country on Sunday was 4.49% above the seven-day average. Health officials say anything above 5% could mean inadequate testing and widespread use in the community. The country peaked at more than 9% in November.