Coronavirus cases and fatalities in Alaska
A regularly-updated map of confirmed COVID-19 cases, borough by borough.
The number is based on confirmed diagnostic tests. It is very likely that the true number of COVID-19 cases is higher as many cases are asymptomatic.
New COVID-19 cases and fatalities per day in Alaska
This is a good indicator of “flattening the curve” — when there is a steady decreasing trend, it is an indicator that the spread of the disease is slowing down.
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Cases, updates, and charts on the coronavirus crisis for each US state and territory. Just follow the links below.
2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus. Learn more about 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Sign-up for DHSS Alerts (email and text options available).
The DHSS has been tremendously busy responding to the COVID-19 crisis, as well as attending to the ongoing critical issues, programs, finances and policy required for running the state’s health care system. There are many challenges caused by both the contagion and its parallel effects on workforce and accessibility. The priorities have been:
• Getting assistance and benefits into people’s hands faster, with fewer barriers.
• The elderly population and their care and safety.
• The stability and accessibility of health care providers.
• Proactively positioning the department should this epidemic worsen.
Watch for symptoms
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses).
- Shortness of breath
Why are we seeing a rise in cases?
The number of cases of COVID-19 being reported in the United States is rising due to increased laboratory testing and reporting across the country. The growing number of cases in part reflects the rapid spread of COVID-19 as many U.S. states and territories experience community spread. More detailed and accurate data will allow us to better understand and track the size and scope of the outbreak and strengthen prevention and response efforts.
CDC recommends expanded and laser focused community mitigation activities to help slow the spread of respiratory virus infections including the novel coronavirus SARS-C0V-2, the cause of the disease COVID-19.
These approaches are used to minimize morbidity and mortality of COVID-19 as well as to minimize the social and economic impacts of COVID-19. Individuals, communities, businesses, and healthcare organizations are all part of a community mitigation strategy.
The focus is on protecting the health care system with expected rise in cases by slowing the spread within the community and focused on protecting the vulnerable members of the community.
Coronavirus in Alaska News:
- December 5, 2020Dozens of Haines residents evacuated from their homes as rain and landslides continue
An ambulance is waiting as evacuees from Haines’ Beach Road get off rescue boats at the city’s harbor on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. A major landslide in the neighborhood displaced residents. (Henry Leas …
- December 4, 2020In Haines, crews work to clear roads and storm drains, restore power and water treatment
A neighborhood near downtown Haines flooded Wednesday morning, Dec. 2, 2020. (Henry Leasia/KHNS) Heavy precipitation, mudslides and flooding have damaged infrastructure across the Haines Borough over …
- December 4, 202012 COVID-19 deaths and 756 new cases reported on Friday
This scanning electron image shows a cell (tan) heavily infected with particles of the virus that causes COVID-19 (orange), isolated from a patient sample. (National Institute of Allergy and Infectiou …
- December 4, 2020Officials say first vaccines could arrive in Alaska by mid-December
FDA image The very first COVID-19 vaccine doses may arrive in Alaska before the month is out. But there will be very little of it, and logistics to distribute it are not easy. Five hundred people were …
- December 4, 2020Fatal shooting suspect accused of assaulting family, guards
An Alaska State Trooper K-9 Unit SUV in Anchorage. (Joey Mendolia/Alaska Public Media) The teen accused of killing four of his family members was previously charged with assaulting other close relativ …
- December 4, 2020Around Southeast Alaska, communities assess damage from record-breaking storm
Two panels broke on the suspension bridge over Indian River, which connects some residents to the town of Tenakee Springs. It’s one of two bridges that was damaged in Tenakee during a powerful wind an …
- December 4, 2020Search and rescue teams in Haines still hopeful they’ll find missing residents alive
Jenae Larson on the porch of the Port Chilkoot Distillery in Haines. Larson, a kindergarten teacher, is one of two Haines residents missing after a landslide Wednesday, Dec. 2. (Family of Jenae Larson …
- December 4, 2020More COVID-19 cases at Goose Creek as outbreaks climb in Alaska prisons
Anchorage Correctional Complex in 2020. (Lex Treinen/Alaska Public Media) Several prisons in Alaska are grappling with large COVID-19 outbreaks, as the number of hospitalized inmates continues to clim …
- December 4, 2020LISTEN: Alaska geologist says rainfall-induced landslides are like an ‘air hockey table’
The former site of the Redoubt Lake Cabin, photographed a day after it was destroyed in a landslide on May 12, 2013. (Kevin Knox) On a really basic level, a landslide is a bunch of earthen material th …
- December 4, 2020Landslide damage forces Juneau salmon hatchery to destroy fish
Thousands of chum salmon return to DIPAC’s Macaulay facility where they were released four to five years ago. (Lisa Phu/KTOO) One of the largest salmon hatcheries in the state was forced to destroy th …