The city has been at a modified high level since early January. Now it’s down to moderate.
They’re the first COVID-19 deaths of any Alaskan under the age of 20 since the pandemic began, according to health officials.
Before the arrival of the new variant, the average daily case count had been below 500 since Christmas. Now, between 80% and 95% of cases screened by the state public health lab have had a marker associated with omicron.
Most of the newly reported deaths happened in September, which was already Alaska’s deadliest month of the pandemic.
As of Tuesday, the state health department reports that 120 Alaskans died of COVID-19 in September. November 2020 is now the second deadliest month, with 94 deaths.
As Alaska’s surge in coronavirus cases continues, and COVID patients overwhelm the state’s hospitals, doctors say they’re having to make gut-wrenching decisions about who gets scarce ICU beds.
The state also added another 694 resident COVID cases, the first time in a week that case counts have dipped below 1,000.
Alaska health officials say the daily totals will fluctuate as they deal with a backlog of reports.
The state of Alaska reported a new single-day record Friday of 1,735 cases along with 44 deaths over the past year that were newly linked to the coronavirus.