The person who died was a Wasilla man in his 50s, health officials said.
The average daily number of cases in Alaska is again declining across the country. However, most regions in the state are still in the category of the highest level of warning based on the current rate of infection per capita, and health officials continue to encourage Alaska to wear facials in public places, to avoid large gatherings, wash your hands frequently and be vaccinated against COVID-19 to prevent further spread.
In March, Alaska became the first state in the country to open the right to vaccination to anyone aged 16 and over who lives or works in the state. You can visit covidvax.alaska.gov or call 907-646-3322 to make an appointment with a vaccine; new appointments are added regularly. The telephone line is served from 9:00 to 18:30 on weekdays and from 9:00 to 16:30 on weekends.
By Monday, 308,957 people – about 50 percent of Alaska eligible to be shot – had received at least their first dose. At 263,324 – about 43.8% of Alaska aged 16 and over – are considered fully vaccinated, according to the state’s dashboard for vaccines.
Alaska led the country in per capita vaccinations in January, but has now dropped to 23rd place among the 50 states and Washington, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Of the 264 cases reported among Alaska residents in the past three days, 70 are in Anchorage, six in the Eagle River and two in the Alien; 64 at Fairbanks; 29 in Vasila; 21 at the North Pole; 11 in Palmer; eight in Ketchikan; five in Kenai; four in Cadiac; two at Anchor Point; two in the Great Lake; two in Delta Junction; two in Satan-Alpine; two in Willow; and one case each in Homer, Houston, Kotzebue, Seward, Sitka, Yakutat, Soldotna, Sterling, Valdes, and Wrangel.
Among communities of less than 1,000 people not listed to protect residents’ privacy, there were three in the Matanuska-Susitna neighborhood; three in the counting area of the Prince of Wales-Haider; two in the northwestern Arctic; and one case each in the Med River counting area, the Yukon-Koyukuk counting area, and the Huna-Angun counting area.
There were also seven new cases among non-residents: two in Anchorage; one in Fairbanks; one in Cadiac; one in the area of the North Slope; one in Prudhoe Bay; and one under investigation.
As of Monday, there were 66 people with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 in hospitals across the country.
Although people can be tested more than once, each case reported by the state health department represents only one person.
State data do not specify whether people with a positive COVID-19 test have symptoms. More than half of the country’s infections are transmitted by asymptomatic people, according to CDC estimates.
Of all tests conducted in the last week, 2.19% returned positive.