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COVID-19 Cases Are Rising Statewide, But How Does The Y-K Delta Factor In?

Elyssa Loughlin

COVID-19 cases in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta are rising. The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation reported 264 new COVID-19 cases in the region from Sept. 13 to Sept. 19. YKHC also reported three new hospitalizations and one death due to the virus during this one week period.

This is 50 more cases, or a 5.4% increase in cases, in the region compared to the previous week. Last week, there were 194 new cases, one hospitalization, and zero deaths.

Across the Yukon-Kuskokim Delta, 14,065 individuals, or 74.6% of the eligible population, are fully vaccinated against the virus, according to state data. This is a 0.9% increase from last week.

Statewide, there were 5,699 cases in the past week. During that time, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta made up 4.6% 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 Y-K Delta region is reporting significantly more cases than both the State of Alaska and the nation.

Per capita, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta is reporting more COVID-19 cases on average than the state and nation. From Sept. 13 to Sept. 19, YKHC announced an average of 37.7 new COVID-19 cases per day, which means that per 100,000 people in the region, about 910.3 developed COVID-19. In the same time period, the state announced 695.8 new cases per 100,000 people across Alaska, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced 250.7 cases per 100,000 people across the U.S. over the same period. The region has experienced more hospitalizations, at 10.3 per 100,000 people hospitalized in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in the past seven days, compared to 2.59 per 100,000 people statewide.

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The Yukon-Kuskokim Delta has a higher vaccination rate than both the state of Alaska and the U.S. So far, 14,065 people in the region have been fully vaccinated against the virus. That’s 74.6% of the eligible population, compared to 58% of eligible Alaskans who’ve been vaccinated and 64% of eligible Americans.



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