Y-K Delta Has Highest COVID-19 Case Rate In State

Mar 25, 2021

Virginia Lozano places Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines in a freezer at YKHC on December 17, 2020 in Bethel, Alaska.
Credit Katie Basile / KYUK

Once again, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta has the highest COVID-19 case rate of any region in Alaska.

According to state data, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta superseded the Matanuska-Susitna Region’s case rate on March 24, when the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta’s COVID-19 case rate hit an average of 39.63 cases per 100,000 people over the preceding 14 days. The Matanuska-Susitna Region’s case rate was 38.48 cases per 100,000 people over the same time period.

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta has been in this position before. For four months, from October 2020 to February 2021, the region held the highest case rate in the state. Then the Matanuska-Susitna Region’s cases outpaced the Delta’s, which were dropping as vaccinations rose.

Cases hit a low point in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in early March, with the lowest case rate coming on March 8 at 16.24 cases per 100,000 people. Then cases began to rise.

Health officials say that the current outbreaks are contained to about five Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta communities.