Alaska DHSS announces 863 total new cases of COVID in Alaska

Alaska DHSS announces 863 total new cases of COVID in Alaska

Alaska DHSS announced 863 new cases of COVID-19 in Alaska today — 842 of them among Alaska residents. The total number of Alaska resident deaths is now reported as 569. In the past 90 days, 81 Anchorage residents have reportedly died as a result of COVID-19 according to the state’s COVID dashboard.

According to data from the state’s COVID dashboard, 180 patients are hospitalized with the virus but the number of hospitalized patients suspected of having the virus is unknown, as that data is no longer reported publicly to the state’s dashboard nor the Anchorage Municipal Dashboard.

Statewide, 31 COVID patients are currently on ventilators throughout the state and only 24 adult ICU beds are reported as being available.

In Anchorage, 82 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 were reported as being hospitalized and only 3 adult ICU beds were reported as being available among the city’s three hospitals. 13.6% of patients currently hospitalized in Anchorage have been diagnosed with COVID-19 up from the 11% of hospitalized patients reported yesterday.

In neighboring Mat-Su, 34 COVID patients are currently hospitalized and Mat-Su Regional Hospital continues to report 0 available adult ICU beds. According to a source at Mat-Su Regional, the hospital is said to have been running ICU overflow on the second floor of the hospital for weeks.

A phone call made to Mat-Su Regional’s Public Relations department yesterday to confirm details about the hospital’s adult ICU capacity went unanswered.

Estimated COVID-19 epidemic curve, Anchorage Municipality, October 7, 2021
Alaska DHSS

According to the state’s modeling application, the Municipality of Anchorage is still on an upward trajectory with respect to the number of daily COVID cases.

While COVID-related hospitalizations have dipped slightly over the past few days, hospitals remain stressed. According to reporting by Alaska News Source, Bob Onders, administrator for Alaska Native Medical Center, remains concerned with the number of community cases of COVID-19 and said he believes those cases will continue to be a challenge for awhile.