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Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Weekly COVID-19 and Influenza Update April 24 – April 30, 2022 Key Findings COVID-19 transmi...

COVID and Flu Weekly Report

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Weekly COVID-19 and Influenza Update April 24 – April 30, 2022

Key Findings

  • COVID-19 transmission remained widespread in most parts of Alaska during the week of April 24–April 30, 2022, with evidence for increasing cases in some areas but decreases elsewhere.  
  • Influenza transmission increased during April after declining from a previous peak in late December 2021.
  • Other respiratory viruses are circulating in addition to SARS-CoV-2 and influenza virus.

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COVID-19 Case Trends

  • COVID-19 transmission continues to occur widely throughout much of Alaska, with no clear upwards or downwards statewide trajectory. Cases and hospitalizations remain far below the peak of the Omicron wave.
  • 1,445 cases were reported in Alaskans the week of April 24–April 30, which is an 8% increase compared to the previous week.
  • The number of newly detected COVID-19 cases increased last week compared to the previous week in all five of the largest boroughs (Municipality of Anchorage, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Fairbanks North Star Borough, Kenai Peninsula Borough, and City and Borough of Juneau). But overall, there have not been clear upward or downward trajectories in these communities over the past two months.
  • The intensity of COVID-19 transmission varies between communities outside the largest boroughs. Trajectories are mixed, with COVID-19 cases declining in some boroughs and census areas but increasing in others. The number of new cases has begun to decline in some communities in southeast Alaska, while it may be still increasing in others. Some communities, especially in western Alaska, continue to experience large outbreaks relative to their population size.
  • The Omicron variant accounts for effectively all SARS-CoV-2 circulating in Alaska. The BA.2 lineage (a sub-type of Omicron) has become dominant. Visit Alaska’s SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Dashboard to learn more. 
  • To learn more about COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths due to COVID-19 in Alaska, visit the Cases Dashboard or the monthly report. The cases dashboard includes demographic information on cases and the monthly report includes demographic information on hospitalizations and deaths.

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