Alaska COVID-19 Data Summary: Jan. 14, 2022

Alaska COVID-19 Data Summary

COVID-19 DATA SUMMARY – Jan. 14, 2022

Reporting data for Jan. 12 - Jan. 13, 2022

OVERVIEW5,508 new cases | 2 deaths | 103 hospitalizations | Statewide alert level: high 58% of Alaskans 5+ vaccinated

Note: The data hub updates Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays except on holidays.  Martin Luther King Day is observed this coming Monday, January 17.  This data summary will next be provided on Wednesday, January 19.  

Protective measures against the Omicron variant remain the same as for the other COVID variants. Layering protective measures, including masking, handwashing, physical distancing, and testing help to reduce transmission of the COVID-19 virus. Using a self-test before and after travel and large gatherings is advised. The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) encourages Alaskans to talk with a healthcare provider or call 646-3322 about getting the COVID-19 vaccine to reduce the severity of illness if they haven’t already done so and to get boosted if eligible.

To check variant data for Alaska, please check the Alaska Coronavirus Variants Dashboard at

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 Vaccine is now available for ages 5 and older. The rates listed below reflect the percentage of Alaskans age 5 and older reported as vaccinated.  

VACCINATIONS – 63.4% of Alaskans age 5 and older have received at least their first vaccine dose.

58% of Alaskans 5 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 5 and older by region:

  • Juneau Region: 78.2%
  • YK-Delta Region: 74.2%
  • Other Southeast Region - Northern: 72.8%
  • Southwest Region: 68.3%
  • Other Southeast Region - Southern: 65.4%
  • Anchorage Region: 62.6%
  • Northwest Region: 60%
  • Other Interior Region: 57.7%
  • Fairbanks North Star Borough: 50%
  • Kenai Peninsula Region: 48.2%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Region: 40.9%

CASES DHSS today announced 2 deaths of Alaska residents and 5,508 new people identified with COVID-19 in Alaska.  

5,351 were residents of:  Anchorage (2,638), Fairbanks (454), Eagle River (249), Juneau (243), Greater Wasilla Area (231), Kodiak (188), Greater Palmer Area (126), Ketchikan (111), Bethel Census Area (87 in 18 communities), North Pole (87), Kusilvak Census Area (85 in 8 communities), Dutch Harbor (69), Sitka (64), Soldotna (63), Nome Census Area (61 in 10 communities), Chugiak (55), Homer (43), Bethel (41), Nome (39), Northwest Arctic Borough (35 in 9 communities), Kotzebue (32), Wrangell (32), Kenai (26), Hoonah-Angoon and Yakutat combined (24), Houston/Big Lake Area (21), Bristol Bay/ Lake and Peninsula Combined (19 in 5 communities), Unalaska (17), Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area (16 in 2 communities), Seward (16), Dillingham (14), Utqiaġvik (12), Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area (11 in 6 communities), North Slope Borough (10 in 2 communities), Copper River Census Area (9 in 2 communities), Kenai Peninsula Borough-South (9 in 3 communities), Chevak (8), Girdwood (8), Hooper Bay (8), Kenai Peninsula Borough-North (8 in 3 communities), Aleutians East Borough (7 in 3 communities), Sterling (7), Valdez (7), Craig (6), Dillingham Census Area (6 in 2 communities), Kodiak Island Borough (6 in 2 communities), Anchor Point (5), Tok (5), Aleutians West Census Area (4), Cordova (4), Petersburg (4), Matanuska-Susitna Borough (3 in 2 communities), Willow (3), Denali Borough (2), Haines (2), Healy (2), Metlakatla (2), Southeast Fairbanks Census Area (2 in 3 communities), and one each in Delta Junction, Fairbanks North Star Borough, Fritz Creek, Nikiski, Sutton-Alpine, and Ketchikan Gateway Borough. 

157 nonresident cases were identified in:

  • Anchorage: 2 with purpose seafood, 1 with purpose airlines pilot, 56 with purpose under investigation
  • Unalaska: 23 with purpose under investigation
  • Prudhoe Bay: 10 with purpose North Slope Oil, 4 with purpose under investigation
  • Aleutians East Borough: 6 with purpose seafood, 7 with purpose under investigation
  • Fairbanks: 11 with purpose under investigation
  • Kenai: 4 with purpose under investigation
  • North Pole: 2 with purpose under investigation
  • Palmer: 2 with purpose under investigation
  • Sitka: 2 with purpose under investigation
  • Kodiak: 2 with purpose seafood
  • Homer: 1 with purpose under investigation
  • Juneau: 1 with purpose under investigation
  • Ketchikan: 1 with purpose under investigation
  • Wasilla: 1 with purpose under investigation
  • Bethel Census Area: 1 with purpose under investigation 
  • Location under investigation: 1 with purpose seafood, 19 with purpose under investigation

30 resident case were subtracted and one nonresident case was added to the state's overall total due to data verification procedures, bringing the total number of Alaska resident cases to 172,329 and the total number of nonresident cases to 6,289.

HOSPITALIZATIONS & DEATHS – There have been a total of 3,337 resident hospitalizations and 955 resident deaths. 26 new resident hospitalizations and two Alaska resident deaths were reported. Please see this webpage for more information on the process used to report COVID-19 deaths:

The Alaskans who died were:

  • A female resident of Anchorage in her 60s
  • A male resident of Anchorage in his 60s

Our thoughts are with their family and loved ones.  

There are currently 103 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 who are hospitalized and nine additional patients who are considered persons under investigation (PUI) for a total of 112 current COVID-related hospitalizations. Five of these patients are on ventilators. The percentage of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 is 8.3%.

TESTING – Data on our testing dashboard are archived and still available, but updates to testing data can now be found on a tab of the cases dashboard: As of today, DHSS is no longer reporting percent positivity or the cumulative number of tests on our dashboard. This is in part because of the increased use in at-home rapid antigen testing, where results are not reported to the state. In addition, effective today, some testing organizations will only be required to report positive COVID-19 test results and will not need to report negative results to Section of Epidemiology. This change will allow those organizations to focus on reporting positive results and mitigation instead of the time-consuming task of reporting negative results. These two changes make percent positivity a less meaningful metric, which is why DHSS is no longer tracking this on its dashboard. If you have any questions about the data or these changes please email

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 1,771.4. For boroughs and census areas: 28 areas are at the high alert level (>100 cases), no areas are at the substantial alert level (50-99.99), no areas are at the moderate alert level (10-49.99) and no 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