Statewide COVID-19 infections reach 56,913

Infections of the novel coronavirus in Alaska reached 56,913 through Tuesday, Feb. 16, with a total of 476 new infections documented over the past four days, plus six new resident deaths, state health officials said.

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services is now providing updates from Monday through Friday each week. No update was released on Monday, Feb. 15, Presidents Day.

The statewide death toll from the virus now stands at 285 residents and two nonresidents.

To date, 54,736 residents and 2,177 nonresidents have been infected with COVID-19.

There has been a total of 1,223 hospitalizations. According to the DHSS dashboard 28 people hospitalized as of Feb. 16 were confirmed to be COVID positive and the status of 15 additional patients is under investigation, for a total of 43 COVID-related hospitalizations. Two 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, 137
  • Wasilla, 100
  • Palmer, 45
  • Unalaska 31
  • Fairbanks, 22
  • North Pole, 16
  • Eagle River, 10
  • Kodiak, 9
  • Bethel Census Area, 7
  • Chugiak, Kusilvak Census area, 6,
  • Ketchikan, 5
  • Dillingham, Juneau, 4
  • Copper River Census Area, Utqiagvik, 3
  • Big Lake, Northwest Arctic Borough, Seward, Skagway, 2
  • Bristol Bay/Lake & Peninsula Borough, Fairbanks North Star Borough, Girdwood, Kenai, Kenai Peninsula South, Kotzebue, Nome Census Area, Sitka, Soldotna, Willow and Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area, 1.

The 49 new nonresident cases included 34 in the seafood industry, plus three others under investigation in Unalaska, five North Slope Borough oil industry workers, two in the seafood industry in Aleutians East Borough, one in the seafood industry in Anchorage, one each in Juneau and Kodiak, and two at undisclosed locations.

Twenty-seven resident cases were added to the DHSS dashboard through data verification. The current statewide alert level is high at 18.1 cases per 100,000 people. To date 1,605,827 tests have been conducted, with 27,391 of those tests in the last seven days.

To date 128,304 first doses and 65,310 second doses of COVID vaccine have been given in Alaska for a total of 193,614 according to DHSS. 

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

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.