DHSS today announced 58 new people identified with COVID-19 in Alaska. 56 were residents in: Anchorage (18), Wasilla (13), Fairbanks (4), Palmer (4), Petersburg (4), Kenai (3), Dillingham (2), and one each in Eagle River, Homer, Juneau, Kodiak, North Pole, Sitka, Sterling and Unalaska.

Two new nonresident cases were identified yesterday in Unalaska, both in the seafood industry.

Three resident cases were subtracted from the dashboard due to data verification procedures, bringing the total number of Alaska resident cases to 55,560 and the total number of nonresident cases to 2,248.

ALERT LEVELS – The current statewide alert level, based on the average daily case rate over 14 days per 100,000, is high at 15.83 cases per 100,000. Most regions of Alaska are in high alert status with widespread community transmission. Four regions are at intermediate alert status with moderate transmission.

High (>10 cases/100,000)

  • Matanuska-Susitna Region: 34.02 cases per 100,000
  • YK-Delta Region: 31.65 cases per 100,000
  • Southwest Region: 19.25 cases per 100,000
  • Other Southeast Region - Southern: 14.82 cases per 100,000
  • Anchorage Municipality: 13.42 cases per 100,000
  • Fairbanks North Star Borough: 12.87 cases per 100,000
  • Other Interior Region: 11.68 cases per 100,000

Intermediate (>4.8-10 cases/100,000)

  • Other Southeast Region - Northern: 9.45 cases per 100,000
  • Juneau City and Borough: 7.19 cases per 100,000
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough: 5.7 cases per 100,000
  • Northwest Region: 5 cases per 100,000

CASES: HOSPITALIZATIONS & DEATHS – There have been a total of 1,222 hospitalizations and 287 deaths, with nine new hospitalizations and no deaths reported yesterday. 

There are currently 35 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 who are hospitalized and three additional patients who are considered persons under investigation (PUI) for a total of 38 current COVID-related hospitalizations. Five of these patients are on ventilators. The percentage of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 is 2.4%.

TESTING – A total of 1,653,425 tests have been conducted, with 30,126 tests conducted in the previous seven days. The average percentage of daily positive tests for the previous seven days is 2.02%.

VACCINATIONS – Reported to date, there have been 144,419 dose #1 and 89,147 dose #2 COVID-19 vaccinations given for a total of 232,811 doses administered in Alaska. For more information, visit the Vaccine Monitoring Dashboard.

ALASKA PIONEER HOMES UPDATE – Since the last update on Feb. 16, no new cases of COVID-19 have been identified at any of the six Pioneer Homes. 

TAKE ACTION – Vaccines are being distributed throughout Alaska but we all still need to maintain our COVID-19 protective measures to keep ourselves and others safe and healthy: coronavirus.dhss.alaska.gov.

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