DHSS today announced three deaths of Alaska residents and 232 new people identified with COVID-19 in Alaska. 227 were residents in: Anchorage (81), Wasilla (30), Bethel (17), Fairbanks (14), Palmer (13), Kusilvak Census Area (12), Eagle River (11), Bethel Census Area (10), Sterling (6), North Pole (4), Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area (4), Homer (3), Kenai (3), Anchor Point (2), Chugiak (2), Kodiak (2), North Slope Borough (2), and one each in Big Lake, Chevak, Girdwood, Haines, Hooper Bay, Nome, Nome Census Area, Petersburg, Soldotna, Valdez-Cordova Census Area/Copper River and Willow.

Five new nonresident cases were identified yesterday:

Anchorage: two with purposes under investigation

Locations under investigation: three with purposes under investigation

33 resident cases were added to the dashboard through data verification procedures bringing the total number of Alaska resident cases to 46,812 and the total number of nonresident cases to 1,551.

ALERT LEVELS - The current statewide alert level, based on the average daily case rate over 14 days per 100,000, is high at 38.59 cases per 100,000. Most regions of Alaska are in high alert status with widespread community transmission. Two regions are at intermediate alert status with moderate transmission.

High (>10 cases/100,000)

YK-Delta Region: 144.15 cases per 100,000

Matanuska-Susitna Region: 48.18 cases per 100,000

Southwest Region: 42.52 cases per 100,000

Anchorage Municipality: 40.02 cases per 100,000

Fairbanks North Star Borough: 32.55 cases per 100,000

Northwest Region: 25.26 cases per 100,000

Other Interior Region: 23.76 cases per 100,000

Kenai Peninsula Borough: 22.27 cases per 100,000

Juneau City and Borough: 13.62 cases per 100,000

Intermediate (>4.8-10 cases/100,000)

Other Southeast Region - Northern: 6.98 cases per 100,000

Other Southeast Region - Southern: 6.09 cases per 100,000

CASES: SEX & AGES – Of the 227 Alaska residents, 121 are male, 100 are female, and six are unknown. 22 are under the age of 10; 27 are aged 10-19; 43 are aged 20-29; 44 are aged 30-39; 27 are aged 40-49; 33 are aged 50-59; 13 are aged 60-69; 14 are aged 70-79 and four are aged 80 or older.

CASES: HOSPITALIZATIONS & DEATHS – There have been a total of 1,013 hospitalizations and 217 deaths, with no new hospitalizations and three new deaths reported yesterday. Our thoughts are with the family and loved ones of the individuals who died.

All three deaths were from death certificate reviews over the past several months:

A female Soldotna resident who was 80 or older

A male Yukon-Kuskokwim Census Area resident who was 80 or older

A female Yukon-Kuskokwim Census Area resident who was 80 or older

There are currently 83 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 who are hospitalized and 14 additional patients who are considered persons under investigation (PUI) for a total of 97 current COVID-related hospitalizations. Nine of these patients are on ventilators. The percentage of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 is 9.2%.

Change to reporting of deaths: As of Jan. 4, 2021, counted deaths in Alaska now include both COVID-19 cases confirmed through a lab result, as well as probable deaths based on confirmed COVID-19 clinical and epidemiological criteria, as defined by the CDC, with no confirmatory lab testing. The three deaths added today are the probable deaths identified prior to Jan. 4. Making this change to include probable deaths brings Alaska in line with the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists’ (CTSE) standards for counting COVID-19 deaths as recommended by the CDC.

CDC considers “cause of death” to be a best medical opinion. Counted deaths include deaths where the medical professional outlines COVID-19 as a part of the logical sequence of causes that led to death. Out-of-state deaths of confirmed cases in Alaska residents are reported by another state either directly to the Section of Epidemiology or collected by the Section of Health Analytics and Vital Records through the State and Territorial Exchange of Vital Events system. The process of confirming and reporting deaths can take several weeks, therefore deaths do not reflect real-time reporting due to the reporting lag time.

TESTING – A total of 1,297,498 tests have been conducted, with 29,295 tests conducted in the previous seven days. The average percentage of daily positive tests for the previous seven days is 5.19%.

COVID-19 VACCINATIONS – Reported to date, there have been 18,266 dose #1 COVID-19 vaccinations given in Alaska. For more information, visit the Vaccine Monitoring Dashboard.

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