COVID case numbers continue to climb

Alaska remains on red alert with death toll at 915

Pandemic infection counts continue to rise, with Alaska remaining on red alert, and federal health officials warning that the nation is likely to see record numbers of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, with the new omicron variant spreading rapidly.

According to the Centers for Disease Control the number of new omicron variant cases are doubling every two to three days, with a dramatically higher number of those new cases in unvaccinated people.

None of the 422 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed on Monday, Dec. 20, were in Cordova, according to the Alaska Department of Health and Society Services. Only one case of the omicron variant has been confirmed in Alaska.

DHSS continued to remind residents that choosing to get vaccinated is still the single most important action people can take to protect themselves and their community from the virus. The vaccine is available for everyone who is at least 5 years old. DHSS releases COVID-19 data updates on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. On Monday, Dec. 20, the report noted that from Friday, Dec. 17 through Dec. 20 there were 428 new resident cases.

Since the pandemic was confirmed in Alaska in March 2020 there have been 149,591 cases of COVID-19 confirmed Alaska residents, plus 5,471 nonresident cases, 3,204 hospitalizations and 915 deaths.

The latest cases include:

  • Anchorage 165
  • Greater Wasilla Area 38
  • Fairbanks 31
  • Nome Census Area 21
  • Juneau 20
  • Eagle River, North Pole 11
  • Homer, Soldotna 10
  • Kusilvak Census Area 9
  • Greater Palmer Area 8
  • Bethel, Chugiak, Ketchikan, Valdez 6
  • Bethel Census Area, Northwest Arctic Borough 5
  • Hooper Bay, Kenai, Nome, Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area, Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 4
  • Sitka, Sterling, Sutton-Alpine 3
  • Anchor Point, Bristol Bay plus Lake and Peninsula boroughs, Houston/Big Lake Area, Kodiak, Seward, Willow, Yakutat plus Hoonah-Angoon 2
  • Craig, Delta Junction, Dillingham Census Area, Girdwood, Haines Kenai Peninsula Borough-North, Kotzebue, Matanuska Borough, North Slope Borough and Southeast Fairbanks Census Area 1

New nonresident cases include two in Fairbanks and one each in the Northwest Arctic Borough, Wasilla, Anchorage and Juneau.

To date, 60.1% of Alaskans ages 5 and older have been fully vaccinated and 67.2% of Alaskans ages 5 and older have received at least their first dose of vaccine.

Health care workers have done 3,646,311 tests for the COVID virus, with 29,196 tests done over the past week.