Update: 1,221 new cases in first five days of 2021

A discarded face mask. (Oct. 6, 2020) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Updated 3:25 p.m., Jan. 5

Infections of the novel coronavirus in Alaska have reached 48,560, with 206 new cases confirmed on Tuesday, Jan. 5, by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

No new cases were reported for Valdez-Cordova Census Area Census Area and Cordova.

So far in 2021, 476 new cases were confirmed on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1; 300 on Jan. 2; 239 on Jan. 3; 232 on Jan. 4; and 206 on Jan. 5, DHSS officials said.

To date 47,006 Alaskans and 1,554 nonresidents have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

There has been a total of 1,056 hospitalizations. According to the DHSS dashboard 83 people currently hospitalized are confirmed to be COVID positive, plus 10 additional patients whose conditions are under investigation. Six of these patients are on ventilators.

New resident cases of the virus on the DHSS data dashboard as of Tuesday, Jan. 5, included:

  • Anchorage, 57
  • Fairbanks, 32
  • Wasilla, 27
  • Bethel, 14,
  • Bethel Census Area, 13
  • North Pole, 10
  • Palmer, 8
  • North Slope Borough, 5
  • Chugiak, Girdwood, Kenai, Ketchikan, Kodiak, 3
  • Hooper Bay, Kotzebue, Seward, Sitka, Soldotna, Unalaska, 2
  • Homer, Juneau, Kusilvak Census Area, Nikiski, Northwest Arctic Borough, Petersburg, Sterling, Tok, Utqiagvik and Yakutat/Hoonah-Angoon, 1.

Three new nonresident cases were also identified, but their locations were not named.

Nine resident cases were subtracted from the DHSS data dashboard through data verification

Alaska’s current statewide alert level, based on the average daily case rate over 14 days per 100,000 is high at 36.22 cases per 100,000, DHSS officials said. Most regions of Alaska are in high alert status, with widespread community transmission, DHSS officials said.

The latest three deaths were from death certificate reviews over the past several months. They included a Soldotna woman, and a man and a woman from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Census Area, all in their 80s.

A total of 1,302,859 tests for COVID-19 have been conducted in Alaska to date, including 24,949 tests in the previous seven days. The average percentage of daily positive tests for the previous seven days is 5.16 percent.

Statewide updates are provided daily by state health officials Alaska’s COVID-19 dashboard at covid19.alaska.gov.

The DHSS daily report reflects data from midnight to 11:59 p.m., which is posted at noon daily on the Alaska Coronavirus Response Hub.

Updates on the impact of COVID-19 are posted daily at coronavirus-response-alaska-dhss.hub.arcgis.com.

For Cordova updates, visit the city’s COVID-19 dashboard here.