The state Department of Health and Social Services reported a complete of 358 new COVID-19 circumstances over the weekend, as circumstances had been nonetheless declining as of Monday.
State knowledge confirmed a 46% lower in circumstances from the week of March 14 to the week prior, when circumstances took a slight flip upward. According to the New York Times, circumstances nationwide had been nonetheless falling Monday.
Health officers mentioned throughout a public science session final week that whereas there doesn’t appear to be as a lot COVID spreading in a lot of the United States, another international locations are beginning to choose again up once more, together with Germany, France and the United Kingdom.
Because of the supply of at-home COVID testing kits, state well being officers say analyzing hospitalization metrics is a extra correct reflection of the quantity of virus nonetheless spreading.
There had been a complete of 45 COVID-related hospitalizations in Alaska as of Monday, with three of these sufferers on ventilators.
State knowledge confirmed COVID hospitalizations had been additionally persevering with downward on Monday.
The three-day mixed whole of 358 new circumstances had been sequenced final Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The common variety of every day circumstances over the previous week as of Monday was 180.1 per 100,000 folks, which remains to be thought-about excessive danger. This seven-day common determine estimates a every day case rely proportionate to inhabitants by averaging the precise variety of reported circumstances every day over the earlier week.
New circumstances reported Monday included 9 in Homer, seven in Kenai, two in Anchor Point, and one every within the Kenai Peninsula Boroughs North and South, Seward, Soldotna and Sterling.
Officials are encouraging everybody to get caught up on their COVID vaccinations with a purpose to decrease danger of contracting and spreading the virus.
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is accredited for everybody 5 years and older, whereas the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccines are accredited for anybody 18 and older.
In addition to a main sequence — two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one dose of the Janssen vaccine — specialists are strongly encouraging booster photographs to guard in opposition to omicron, whether or not or not an individual has already contracted the virus and regardless of elapsed time for the reason that completion of the first sequence.
The Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are recommending Pfizer boosters for anybody 12 and older at the least 5 months after the first sequence. Additionally, Moderna boosters are really helpful for anybody 18 and older at the least six months after a main sequence.
Janssen boosters are accredited for anybody 18 and older at the least two months after preliminary vaccination, though the FDA introduced it was revising its reality sheet for the Janssen shot to incorporate extra knowledge on the dangers of blood clotting related to the vaccine. The state recommends folks with a main Janssen vaccine to get both a Pfizer or Moderna booster for extra sturdy safety.