Alaska Snapshot: Friday, April 16th - Dunleavy Announces Vaccinations Will Be Given Free To Tourists At Airports

Snapshot Alaska Anchorage, Ketchikan, Fairbanks and Juneau Airports Will Offer Free Vaccines To  Visitors Governor Announces Sweeping Init...


Snapshot Alaska
Anchorage, Ketchikan, Fairbanks and Juneau Airports Will Offer Free Vaccines To Visitors


Governor Announces Sweeping Initiative To Get The Economy Going Again
In a major press conference on Friday afternoon, April 16th, Governor Dunleavy suggested legislation to distribute money, shots and advertising — and to stimulate cultural tourism development, fishing and agriculture projects across the state. The major push, which uses various sources of federal money, follows a very gloomy report from the Alaska economic team. The report  showed a struggling Alaskan economy with little prospect of immediate, healthy recovery.

19 New Alaskan Deaths And One Nonresident Death In Fairbanks On Thursday
Alaska's battles with COVID-19 are far from over. Just as the state was celebrating a low death rate and an increasing number of people doing their part to get vaccinated, the state released what is apparently a backlog of unreported deaths.

The deaths, which are listed at the bottom of this page, include several Alaskans in their 40's; one Alaskan man in his 20's; two men in their 50's, and  four in their 60's.  

Pause Of One-Shot J&J Vaccine Ripples Across The World And Is Widely Criticized 
Administration of the J&J vaccine was stopped on Tuesday, April 13th. 
The CDC and the FDA announced on Wednesday that it would take a week or more to review the data to determine whether the vaccine can resume being given.

The advantage of the J&J Vaccine is it is a one-shot vaccine and also it requires less complicated storage and is the best hope of stopping the pandemic from being stopped across the world.

Only about 6 women, (all under 50 years old), out of the almost 7 million persons who have gotten the J&J vaccine had developed blood clots. There are many possible reasons other than the J&J vaccine that could have led to this complication including birth control pills which already carry the risk of blood clots. 

If you have taken the J&J vaccine and feel anything unusual you should contact your doctor just to be safe. 

Alaska's Race To "Return To Normal". 
Alaska won't be able to return to normal social and economic activity until at least 75% of Alaskans are vaccinated. By Friday, April 16th, 39.1% of Alaskans over 16 had been fully vaccinated. 47.1% of Alaskans had received at least their first vaccine dose. After one shot of a two-dose regimen a person is estimated to be about 80% protected.

Southeast Alaska was leading the way, with the highest percentage of people vaccinated. The Interior of Alaska, including the Copper River Valley, had 40.9% of its residents fully vaccinated. The Mat-Su Region still trailed the whole state, with the lowest numbers of vaccinated people: only 25.6% of its residents. 

Anchorage's ICU Bed Capacity Remains Stretched Thin
Anchorage's supply of ICU beds is at level "red". On Friday, April 16th, there were only 10 adult ICU beds available in Anchorage hospitals. Sixty-one of the 72 total beds were occupied.

Anchorage Extends COVID Emergency Until June 11th
In a six to four vote the Anchorage Assembly extended the emergency which was put in place in March of 2020. When the city's vaccination rate reaches 70% the orders will become advisory orders not mandatory ones.

Alaska's New Cases Have Risen To Mid-October Levels With Mat-Su Leading The Way
Alaska has averaged over 186 new cases per day in April. This compares to March, when the increase began but still only averaged 139 new cases a day.

COVID-19 cases had fallen to early September levels in March but now they've gone back up to mid-October levels. 

Mat-Su Has Highest Case Rate In Alaska
Mat-Su has the highest case rate in the state with 49.19 cases per 100,000 people. Mat-Su also has the lowest vaccination rates in Alaska.

Vaccines Do Not Stay In The Body 
On Wednesday, the state's medical forum team emphasized the safety of the COVID vaccines. They addressed several issues that make people have concerns about vaccine safety. One of them was a discussion about the fact that vaccines are actually flushed very quickly from the body. Unlike many drugs that people take routinely, vaccines don't stay in the body.

People Who Suffer From Longterm COVID Have Significant Improvement After They Get The Vaccine.  

• Doctor Joe McLaughlin said that (using anecdotal evidence) doctors have reported that people who suffer from longterm COVID have significant improvement after they get the vaccine.

• Dr. McLaughlin said that the immune response of someone who has had COVID is not as "robust" and may not last as long as someone who has had a vaccine.

• Dr. McLaughlin said that loss of taste or smell is not a symptom of the vaccine, and that if you have a loss of taste or smell you should get tested right away.

• Dr. McLaughlin said "Our Number One Goal Is To Get As Many People Vaccinated As Possible"

• Dr. McLaughlin said that vaccine hesitancy is the number one impediment to getting back to normal.

Get Vaccinated & Get Alaska's Economy Back Up And Running
Call CRNA 822-5241

Alert Levels – The current statewide alert level, based on the average daily case rate over 14 days per 100,000, is still high and gone up from 17.11 two weeks ago to 22.37 cases per 100,000 today. Six out of eleven regions of Alaska are still in high alert status with widespread community transmission. 

An Alaskan Died Last Weekend

An Alaskan Eagle River resident succumbed to COVID over the weekend.

19 More Alaskans Were Reported To Have Died From COVID-19 On Thursday, April 15th

An Alaskan woman from Fairbanks
An Alaskan woman from Fairbanks 
An Alaskan man from Fairbanks 
An Alaskan man from Southeast Fairbanks Census Area 
An Alaskan man from Kusilvak Census Area 
An Alaskan man from Wasilla 
An Alaskan man from Wasilla 
An Alaskan woman from Wasilla 
An Alaskan man from Anchorage who died out of state
An Alaskan man from Anchorage 
An Alaskan woman from Anchorage 
An Alaskan man from Anchorage 
An Alaskan woman from Anchorage 
An Alaskan woman from Anchorage who died out of state
An Alaskan man from Anchorage who died out of state
An Alaskan man from Anchorage 
An Alaskan man from Dillingham Census Area 
An Alaskan man from Hoonah-Angoon-Yakutat area 
An Alaskan man from Sitka 

A man from out of state in his 50s died in Fairbanks.

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