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:
- September 24, 2020‘It has exceeded my expectations’: Here’s what in-person school looks like in Mat-Su
Kelly Mrozik instructs her first-grade students at Dena’ina Elementary School near Wasilla on September 21, 2020. Students in grades 3 through 12 must war face masks, but younger students do not …
- September 23, 2020Pebble CEO Tom Collier resigns
A sign at the Pebble office in Dillingham (KDLG Photo) Tom Collier has resigned as the CEO of Pebble Limited Partnership, according to a news release from Pebble’s parent company, Northern Dynasty Min …
- September 23, 2020Wild brown bear killed after fatal attack on Alaska Zoo’s alpaca, Caesar
Caesar the alpaca, who died in a bear attack Saturday night in Anchorage. (Alaska Zoo) A brown bear in Anchorage has been killed after breaking into the Alaska Zoo and killing an alpaca, according to …
- September 23, 2020City proposes CARES Act reappropriation to simplify relief spending
Anchorage City Hall. (Alaska Public Media) The Berkowitz administration has a new plan for the city’s federal CARES Act money, in an effort to simplify funding certain pandemic relief projects. Instea …
- September 23, 2020Hunter fatally mauled by grizzly bear in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
A grizzly bear roams through Nugget Creek in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. (Photo courtesy National Park Service) A hunter has been killed by a grizzly bear in the Wrangell-St. Elias National …
- September 23, 2020Missing Nome woman is “loving” and “stubborn,” friends say
Florence Okpealuk of Nome. (Photo from Nome Police Department 2020) Her name is Florence, but friends call her “Flo”. Florence Okpealuk, 33, went missing in Nome at the end of August. Lucille Weyapuk …
- September 22, 2020Investigator blames haste, lack of supervision for alleged Dunleavy ethics violations
Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks at a news conference at his Anchorage office last year. (Nat Herz/Alaska Public Media) An independent investigator found that a social media campaign from Alaska Gov. …
- September 22, 2020Ask a Climatologist: What to expect when you’re expecting La Niña
The first snow of the year in Anchorage, Oct. 21, 2016. (Rachel Waldholz/Alaska’s Energy Desk) Alaska is fully into fall now, which means winter is right around the corner. And that, of course, means …
- September 22, 2020Alaska’s Sen. Murkowski says she can’t rule out voting for Trump’s Supreme Court pick
Senator Lisa Murkowski speaking in Anchorage, August 2020. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media) If Democrats were counting on Lisa Murkowski to vote against President Trump’s next nominee to the Supreme Co …
- September 22, 2020In secret recordings, Pebble Mine execs say Donlin mine is too expensive to build
On September 21, an environmental group leaked footage of top mining executives discussing the proposed Donlin Gold mine. ( Environmental Investigation Agency) On Sept. 21, an environmental group rele …