State health officials are reporting a sharp decline in the number of new COVID-19 infections, and no new deaths from the novel coronavirus pandemic, but Alaska remains on high alert due to the reported number of cases per 100,000 people over the seven days preceding Feb. 13.
COVID-19 infections are still mounting in Alaska, but how many and where they are happening is getting more difficult to discern, what with more people testing at home, in some cases using free test kits that may be ordered from the federal government.
Thousands of people in Alaska continue to test positive for COVID-19 variants each week, and the death toll climbs, while the overall percentage of fully vaccinated people remains below 60% of the eligible population over the age of 5.
A rapid increase is being tabulated by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services of residents testing position for the novel coronavirus, as the omicron variant spreads through the state, and federal authorities rush to provide free at-home rapid COVID antigen tests to everyone.
Cordova Jr./Sr. High School will go to online-only learning through Feb. 4, due in an increasing number of pandemic related student and staff absences. Mt. Eccles Elementary School will remain open for teaching in the classrooms, Superintendent Alex Russin announced Monday, Jan. 24.
Peter Pan Seafoods has pulled out of Seafood Expo North American, set for March 13-15 in Boston, citing concerns for the health of their employees and fishing industry partners in the midst of a rapid increase of people testing positive to variants of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Owners of cruise ships, whose visits to Alaska are a major boost to the state economy, will continue to employ safe practices to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus and its variants, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday, Jan. 11.
Confirmed active cases of the novel coronavirus are rising in Cordova, and Dr. Paul Gloe, medical director at the Cordova Community Medical Center, says more new cases are anticipated, due to holiday travel and people spending more time than expected in crowded airports.
Continued impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the omicron variant spreading rapidly, have prompted Alaska Airlines to announce a 10% reduction in departures through the end of January, airline officials said.
New cases of the novel coronavirus are soaring in Alaska, with state health officials confirming 2,872 more people testing positive and one additional death between Thursday, Dec. 29 and Monday, Jan. 2, including seven resident cases in the Copper River census area and two in Cordova.