Alaska COVID-19 Data Summary: Oct. 20, 2021

Alaska COVID-19 Data Summary

COVID-19 DATA SUMMARY – Oct. 20, 2021

Reporting data for 12 a.m. - 11:59 p.m. Oct. 19, 2021

OVERVIEW830 new cases | 8 deaths | 206 hospitalizations | Statewide alert level: high | 59.6% of Alaskans 12+ vaccinated

TAKE ACTION – Choosing to get vaccinated is the single most important action you can take to protect yourself and your community and to keep our economy strong. Learn more about the vaccines at and the CDC’s recommendations for fully vaccinated people at

VACCINATIONS 64.4% of Alaskans ages 12 and older have received at least their first vaccine dose. 59.6% of Alaskans 12 and older have been fully vaccinated. The higher the vaccination rate, the more protected community members are from COVID-19. See below for percentages of all fully vaccinated Alaskans ages 12 and older by region:

  • Juneau Region: 79.7%
  • YK-Delta Region: 76.8%
  • Other Southeast Region - Northern: 75.8%
  • Southwest Region: 69.8%
  • Other Southeast Region - Southern: 67.4%
  • Anchorage Region: 63.4%
  • Northwest Region: 62.1%
  • Other Interior Region: 59.4%
  • Fairbanks North Star Borough: 51.9%
  • Kenai Peninsula Region: 49.8%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Region: 42.7%

Please note: Vaccination rates may fluctuate as the data team investigates overestimations of fully vaccinated individuals ages 12 and older.

CASES – DHSS today announced eight deaths of Alaska residents and 830 new people identified with COVID-19 in Alaska yesterday. 

821 were residents of: Anchorage (248), Bethel Census Area (65), Fairbanks (56), Wasilla (55), Eagle River (53), Kusilvak Census Area (32), North Pole (31), Kenai (29), Kodiak (26), Soldotna (25), Juneau (20), Palmer (19), Fairbanks North Star Borough (16), Ketchikan (15), Homer (13), Dillingham Census Area (10), Chugiak (9), Kenai Peninsula Borough North (9), Utqiaġvik ( 8 ), Sutton-Alpine (7), Kodiak Island Borough (6), Anchor Point (5), Delta Junction (5), Sitka (5), Sterling (5), Valdez (5), Willow (5), Kenai Peninsula Borough South (4), Copper River Census Area (3), Dillingham (3), Salcha (3), Seward (3), Tok (3), Bethel (2), Fritz Creek (2), Girdwood (2), Hooper Bay (2), Nome (2), and one each in Bristol Bay plus Lake and Peninsula, Denali Borough, Houston, Kotzebue, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Nikiski, Nome Census Area, Prince Of Wales-Hyder Census Area, Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, and Yakutat plus Hoonah-Angoon.

Nine new nonresident cases were identified in:

  • Anchorage: 3 with purposes under investigation
  • Kenai: 2 with purposes under investigation
  • Aleutians East: 1 in the seafood industry
  • Juneau: 1 with purpose under investigation
  • Soldotna: 1 with purpose under investigation
  • Utqiaġvik: 1 with purpose under investigation

Sixteen resident cases and one nonresident case were subtracted from the cases dashboard due to data verification procedures, bringing the total number of Alaska resident cases to 126,250 and the total number of nonresident cases to 5,153.

HOSPITALIZATIONS & DEATHS – There have been a total of 2,656 resident hospitalizations and 667 deaths. Yesterday there were 19 new resident hospitalizations and eight Alaska resident deaths reported. Please see this webpage for more information on the process used to report COVID-19 deaths:

Eight Alaska resident deaths were identified through death certificate review:

  • A female Fairbanks resident in her 70s
  • A male Fairbanks resident in his 70s
  • A female Anchorage resident 80 years or older
  • A male Anchorage resident 80 years or older
  • A male Anchorage resident in his 70s
  • A female Anchorage resident in her 60s
  • A male Soldotna resident in his 50s
  • A female Juneau resident in her 50s

Our thoughts are with their families and loved ones.

There are currently 206 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 who are hospitalized and 12 additional patients who are considered persons under investigation (PUI) for a total of 218 current COVID-related hospitalizations. Twenty-nine of these patients are on ventilators. The percentage of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 is 17.1%.

TESTING – A total of 3,236,707 tests have been conducted, with 41,684 tests conducted in the previous seven days. The average percentage of daily positive tests for the previous seven days is 10.3%.

Variant information is now posted to the Alaska Coronavirus Variants Dashboard at

ALERT LEVELS - The current statewide alert level – based on the reported number of cases per 100,000 people over the past 7 days – is high (red) at 756.48. For boroughs and census areas: 23 areas are at the high alert level (>100 cases), 1 area is at the substantial alert level (50-99.99), 1 area is at the moderate alert level (10-49.99) and 3 areas are at the low alert level (0-9.99).

Find alert levels for individual boroughs and census areas using the alert levels map on the cases dashboard at

Notes: Reports are received electronically, by phone and by fax. Cases are verified, redundancies are eliminated and then cases are entered into the data system that feeds into Alaska’s Coronavirus Response Hub. When there is a high number of reports being received, this may cause delays in getting reports entered and counted. Personnel continue to focus on the effort to process and count reports and minimize the delay from receipt to posting on the hub.

There is a lag between cases being reported on the DHSS data dashboard and what local communities report. Each case is an individual person even if they are tested multiple times. Total tests are a not a count of unique individuals tested and includes both positive and negative results. The current number of hospitalized patients represents more real-time data compared to the cumulative total hospitalizations. Current hospitalizations are reported for all facilities, not just general acute care and critical access facilities. Total number of hospital beds available fluctuate daily as the number of available hospital staff changes. Alert levels are provided to show trends and patterns over time as there can be substantial day-to-day variation in reporting of cases to DHSS. Alert levels show how widespread the virus is in a community relative to its population size and are a good tool to determine weekly trends for specific geographic areas. All data reported in real-time, on a daily basis, should be considered preliminary and subject to change. To view more data visit