Statewide COVID-19 infections reach 55,893

Scanning electron micrograph of a cell infected with novel coronavirus particles. (Jan. 26, 2021) Image courtesy of NIAID

Infections of the novel coronavirus in Alaska have reached 55,893 with a total of 618 new infections documented from Friday, Feb. 5-Tuesday, Feb. 9, plus one new resident death, state health officials said.

The total number of new cases, including 544 residents and 84 nonresidents, includes all those counted from Feb. 5-9, as the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services is now providing updates from Monday through Friday each week.

The statewide death toll from the virus now stands at 278 residents and two nonresidents. The latest person to succumb was a Wasilla man in his 60s, who died out of state.

To date, 53,809 residents and 2,084 nonresidents have been infected with COVID-19.

There has been a total of 1,223 hospitalizations. According to the DHSS dashboard 34 people hospitalized as of Feb. 9 were confirmed to be COVID positive and the status of one additional patient is under investigation, for a total of 35 COVID-related hospitalizations.  Six of those patients were on ventilators.  These numbers are updated, with corrections, on weekdays at covid19.alaska.gov.

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

  • Anchorage, 32
  • Bethel Census Area, 21
  • Wasilla, 20
  • Palmer, 9
  • Eagle River, 5
  • Bethel, Fairbanks, 3
  • Kusilvak Census Area, Sterling, 2
  • Big Lake, Chugiak, Delta Junction, Homer, Juneau, Kotzebue, Nome Census Area, Bristol Bay and Lake & Peninsula boroughs, and Unalaska, 1.

Ten new nonresident cases identified as of Feb. 9 included four in the seafood industry in the Aleutians East Borough, two in Anchorage, two in the North Slope oil industry, one in Unalaska and one at an undisclosed location.

A day earlier DHSS identified 74 new nonresident cases including 40 in the seafood industry in Aleutians East Borough, 13 seafood industry employees and another under investigation in Unalaska; four in the seafood industry in Anchorage, plus four others; for in the oil industry in the North Slope Borough; one in the mining industry in Juneau and seven others in the seafood industry at undisclosed locations.

Nine resident cases were added to the DHSS data dashboard using data verification procedures.

A total of 1,561,249 tests for COVID-19 have been conducted in Alaska to date, including 31,205 tests in the previous seven days.

To date 110,626 shots of the first dose and 45,626 shots of the second dose of COVID vaccine have been given in Alaska for a total of 156,252, according to DHSS. 

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.