The number of Covid-19 cases in Alaska continues to be high, but not as high as it was three weeks ago. The number of new cases diagnosed on Monday, Oct. 18 is 507.
Of those, 177 of the diagnosed Covid cases were in Anchorage.
Hospitalized with Covid are 212 people in Alaska, and since the pandemic began, 659 Alaskans have lost their battle with Covid. This is a big jump from last week, when 592 were reported to have died from Covid.
Hospitals in Alaska have 17 ICU beds available and 282 non-ICU beds, not counting those for babies. There are 28 adults with Covid on ventilators in the hospitals.
Hospitals continue to be strained, with 21 percent of patients with Covid, up two percentage points from last week.
About 17 percent of Alaskans have been diagnosed with Covid since March of 2020 — 125,445 out of a population of 730,000. The actual percentage is unknown since some people have had Covid more than once, and many have had Covid but have not been tested for it or reported it. The actual number may be over 20 percent.
Also, about one-third of one percent of Alaskans have been hospitalized for Covid during the pandemic. But for those 2,637 who have been hospitalized in the past 18 months, 25 percent have died from the virus.