October 18th to 24th Alaska Weekly Update: "A 56% Increase Over Last Week."

More cases (2,017) In Alaskans Than Any Previous Week..." Report Released Tuesday October 27, 7pm Report In Brief Virus transmission ac...


More cases (2,017) In Alaskans Than Any Previous Week..."

Report Released Tuesday October 27, 7pm
Report Released Tuesday October 27, 7pm

Report In Brief

Virus transmission across Alaska accelerated for the fourth record week in a row.

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 have started to rise.

Testing is not keeping up with new cases.

Alaskans should get tested immediately at the first sign of any symptoms. Testing is our best tool for understanding virus transmission and risk in our communities.

Most Alaskans get COVID-19 from a friend, family member or coworker. Alaskans should avoid indoor gatherings with non-household members, wear masks and stay six feet from anyone not in their household.


Alaska's Weekly Analysis Says:

  • For the fourth week in a row, more cases (2,017) were reported in Alaskans this week than any previous week, a 56% increase over last week.
  • The statewide positivity rate is at a record high for the fourth week in a row. Increases in testing are not keeping up with increases in cases.
  • Cases are increasing in both urban and rural regions. The largest increase in cases was in the Anchorage Municipality, which averaged 146 new cases a day this week, for a 14-day case rate of 40.4. The largest increase in case rate was in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Region, which averaged 39 new cases a day this week, for a 14-day case rate of 100.1.
  • An updated model epidemic curve predicts Alaska’s cases will continue to accelerate over the next week and are likely to double again within the next 3-4 weeks or sooner. This model does not take into account the last 7 days’ record case rates, so the true doubling rate is higher.


How COVID-19 spreads in Alaska

Most new infections among Alaskans are from community spread, not from travel. Most Alaskans get the virus from someone they work, socialize, or go to school with.

Many Alaskans who are diagnosed with COVID-19 report that they went to social gatherings, community events, church services and other social venues while they were contagious but before they knew they had the virus.

Cases continue to increase fastest among Alaskans aged 20-39, however the proportion of cases in older Alaskans increased slightly again this week. 

New cases, hospitalizations and deaths

  • The week of October 18-24 saw 2,017 new cases in Alaskans, for a total of 13,012 cumulative cases in Alaskans.
  • Cumulative hospitalizations increased to 391 (now 400), with 30 reported this week.
  • Deaths among Alaska residents increased by 1 to 68 total (now 70).
  • There were 16 nonresident cases identified this week, for a total of 1052.



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