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Tracking COVID-19 in Alaska: 2 deaths, 374 new infections reported Wednesday


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The deaths involved a woman from #Kodiak and a man from #Soldotna, state officials say. They were both in their 70s.

#While higher than those reported prior days, #Wednesday’s numbers were part of a trend of fewer cases reported in recent weeks after a surge through #November into early #December. #Coronavirus-related hospitalizations are also declining. #Health officials say a hunker-down order in #Anchorage that’s moving to a less restrictive phase #Friday played a role in the decline, as did voluntary actions taken by people around the state.

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#In total, 202 #Alaskans and one nonresident with COVID-19 have died since the pandemic began here in #March. #Alaska’s overall death rate per capita is among the lowest in the country, but officials say the state’s vast geography and vulnerable health care system make it difficult to compare with other states.

#Alaska received its first shipments of COVID-19 vaccine in mid-December. #Hospital health care workers, emergency personnel and residents and staff at long-term care facilities were prioritized to receive the first doses. #State officials are expected to announce the next phase of vaccine allocations on #Thursday.

#Around the state, 69 #Alaskans with COVID-19 were hospitalized as of #Wednesday and another four were suspected to have the virus. #Nearly 10% of adults in #Alaska hospitals have COVID-19.

#Hospitalizations have decreased statewide within the last few weeks. #In #Anchorage, where the sickest patients are often treated, there were 14 intensive care unit beds available out of 65, putting that indicator into the red zone that indicates capacity less than 25%.

#Of the 368 infections reported #Wednesday among #Alaska residents, there were 113 in #Anchorage, plus four in #Chugiak and 29 in #Eagle #River; one in #Kenai, one in #Nikiski, and four in #Soldotna; 12 in #Kodiak; five in #Cordova; 23 in #Fairbanks and four in #North #Pole; one in #Tok; two in #Big #Lake, 25 in #Palmer, 69 in #Wasilla and one in #Willow; one in #Nome; eight in #Utqiagvik; five in #Juneau; three in #Ketchikan; two in #Unalaska; 14 in #Bethel; and three in #Chevak.

#Among communities smaller than 1,000 people not named to protect privacy, there was one on the southern #Kenai #Peninsula; five in #Chugach #Census #Area; two in #Copper #River #Census #Area; two in #Fairbanks #North #Star #Borough; one in #Southeast #Fairbanks #Census #Area; one in #Yukon-Koyukuk #Census #Area; one in #Nome #Census #Area; three in #North #Slope #Borough; one in #Prince of #Wales-Hyder #Census #Area; 19 in #Bethel #Census #Area; and two in #Dillingham #Census #Area.

There were six cases reported among nonresidents, including two in #Anchorage, one in #Soldotna, and three in locations under investigation.

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#While people might get tested more than once, each case reported by the state health department represents only one person.

#It is not clear how many of the people who tested positive for the virus were showing symptoms. The #Centers for #Disease #Control and #Prevention estimates about a third of people with COVID-19 are asymptomatic.

The statewide test positivity rate as of #Wednesday was 4.82% over a seven-day average. #Health experts say anything above 5% can indicate inadequate testing and potentially widespread community transmission. The state reached a peak of over 9% test positivity in mid-November.



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