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COVID-19 By The Numbers: How Does The Y-K Delta Compare?

Elyssa Loughlin

COVID-19 cases in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta are rising. The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation reported 194 new COVID-19 cases in the region from Sept. 6 to Sept. 12. YKHC also reported one new hospitalization and zero deaths due to the virus during this one week period.

This is 10 more cases, or a 5.4% increase in cases, in the region compared to the previous week. Last week, there were 184 new cases, three hospitalizations, and zero deaths.

Across the Yukon-Kuskokim Delta, 13,911 individuals, or 73.7% of the eligible population, are fully vaccinated against the virus, according to state data. This is a 0.7%  increase from last week.

Statewide, there were 4,878 cases in the past week. During that time, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta made up almost 4% of the state’s new COVID-19 cases.

How does the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta compare to state and national trends?

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Per capita, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta is reporting more COVID-19 cases on average than the state and nation. From Sept. 6 to Sept. 12, YKHC announced an average of 27.7 new COVID-19 cases per day, which means that per 100,000 people in the region, about 690.0 developed COVID-19. In the same time period, the state announced 567.6 new cases per 100,000people across Alaska, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced 300 cases per 100,000 people across the U.S. over the same period. However, the region has had fewer hospitalizations at 4.25 per 100,000 people hospitalized in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in the past seven days compared to 4.37 per 100,000 people statewide.

The Yukon-Kuskokim Delta has a higher vaccination rate than both the state of Alaska and the United States. So far, 13,911 people in the region have been fully vaccinated against the virus. That’s 73.7% of the eligible population, compared to 56.1% of eligible Alaskans who’ve been vaccinated and 53.8% of eligible Americans.

Credit Elyssa Loughlin



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