Infection count in Alaska reaches estimated 70,319

Infection rates of the COVID-19 global pandemic continue to rise in Alaska, albeit at a slowing pace, with an estimated 67,507 residents and 2,812 nonresidents now confirmed to have contacted the novel coronavirus.

In its latest update on Monday, June 1, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reported 108 new cases, 21 hospitalizations, including six on ventilators, but no new deaths.

Since the virus began spreading in Alaska in 2020, 1,610 people have been hospitalized and 362 residents and seven nonresidents have succumbed to the virus.

Efforts to vaccinate as many people as possible continue, with a number of free vaccination sites available, including those at airports in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau.

DHSS officials have estimated that 52% of Alaskans ages 12 and older have received at least their first vaccine dose, and that 465 of Alaskans 12 and over are now fully vaccinated.

The newly infected include:

  • Anchorage 24
  • Wasilla 12
  • Fairbanks 10
  • Nome 8
  • Juneau 7
  • Ketchikan 6
  • Tok 5,
  • North Pole, Palmer and Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area 4
  • Delta Junction, Kenai, Southeast Fairbanks Census Area 3,
  • Matanuka-Susitna Borough, Metlakatla, Nome Census Area, Soldotna 2
  • Bethel Census Area, Chugiak, Copper River Census Area, Eagle River, Girdwood, Healy and Hooper Bay 1

Newly infected nonresident cases include two in Juneau, and one each in Anchorage, Kenai, Petersburg and an undisclosed location.

A total of 2,275,318 tests for the virus have been conducted, including 18,998 for the seven days preceding Monday, June 1.