The latest count of positive Covid cases has dropped back to 964 after one day when it popped over 1,200 in Alaska. 421 of those positive cases were diagnosed in Anchorage, and 194 were in the Mat-Su Valley.
The positive cases are how many Alaskans have tested positive for Covid in the most recent 24 period, which lags by a day in reporting.
There have been 4,489 positive tests in the past seven days in Alaska. An unknown number of those are repeat tests. 10.7 percent of the Covid tests are coming back positive. In Anchorage, 5 percent of the tests are coming back positive, while in the Mat-Su Borough 9 percent are coming back positive.
The high number from the day before popped the overall increase week over week to 8 percent.
Hospitals are still under stress with not enough staffed beds, in spite of healthcare workers being brought in from Outside. Providence and Alaska Native Medical Center have open ICU beds, as does Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. All hospitals in the Southcentral region have openings in non-ICU beds.
There are 21 ICU beds open and available out of a total of 125 beds across the state.
208 Alaskans are currently hospitalized with Covid, but the number of those on ventilators has dropped to 25. Last week, there were 38 Alaskans on ventilators. The number of hospitalized patients who have Covid has remained stable at 19.6 percent.
Since Oct. 1, there have been 73 new Covid hospitalizations and 30 deaths. At this rate, October may see over 60 Covid deaths for the month.
A total of 592 Alaskans have died with Covid since March of 2020, about one per day.