Update: Statewide COVID-19 infections reach 50,394

Electron micrograph of a cell infected with novel coronavirus particles, isolated from a patient sample. (Jan. 4, 2021) Image courtesy of NIAID

Update 4:45 p.m. Jan. 11

Infections of the novel coronavirus in Alaska have reached 50,394, with 286 new cases confirmed on Monday, Jan. 11, by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

To date, 48,797 residents and 1,597 nonresidents have been infected by COVID-19, with 223 residents and one nonresident having succumbed to the virus.

One new case was confirmed in Valdez-Cordova Census Area/Copper River.

There has been a total of 1,104 hospitalizations. According to the Alaska Department of Social Services dashboard 72 people currently hospitalized are confirmed to be COVID positive, plus seven additional patients whose conditions are under investigation. Nine of these patients were on ventilators. These numbers are updated, with corrections, daily at https://covid19.alaska.gov.

New resident cases of the virus on the DHSS data dashboard as of Jan. 9 included:

  • Anchorage, 62
  • Fairbanks, 27
  • Bethel, 13
  • Wasilla, 11
  • Bethel Census Area, North Slope Borough, 9
  • Northwest Arctic Borough, 8
  • Palmer, 6
  • Kenai, Kodiak, North Pole, 3
  • Eagle River Fairbanks North Star Borough, Juneau, Kodiak Island Borough, Kusilvak Census Area, Nome, Sitka, Soldotna, Unalaska, Utqiagvik, 2
  • Aleutians West Census Area, Big Lake, Chugiak, Denali Borough, Kenai Peninsula Borough North, Sterling, Valdez-Cordova Census Area/Copper River, Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area and one undisclosed location, 1.

Three new nonresident cases include one each in Anchorage and Fairbanks, plus a third at an undisclosed location.

Ten resident cases were subtracted from the DHSS dashboard through data verification.

The current alert level, based on the average daily case rate over 14 days per 100,000, is high at 40.31 cases per 100,000. Most regions of Alaska are in high alert status with widespread community transmission.

The latest reported death was a Fairbanks man in his 30s.

DHSS has continued to encourage residents to keep checking on the availability of COVID-19 vaccine available in their area.  Many residents have found that the sign-up websites are not working properly and/or that the number of people attempting to register for appointments exceeds the available supply for January. DHSS is providing updated information as it becomes available on registering for COVID vaccine appointments.

A total of 1,357,708 tests for COVID-19 have been conducted in Alaska to date, including 35,439 tests in the previous seven days. The average percentage of daily positive tests for the previous seven days is 4.55 percent.

To date 29,029 doses of the COVID vaccine have been given in Alaska. 

DHSS notes that even after being vaccinated people should practice COVID-19 protective measures, including masking, social distancing and hand washing.

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.