MAT-SU — While the overall number of daily cases of COVID-19 across Alaska has decreased slightly, Mat-Su Regional Medical Center still has no Intensive Care Unit Beds available and the state remains at a high alert level for community spread of COVID.
There were 857 new cases reported on Wednesday and 184 people are currently hospitalized across Alaska with 28 ICU beds available statewide. Of the 184 hospitalized, 34 require ventilators and 19.3 % of all hospitalized persons are hospitalized with COVID. The state’s percent positivity is at 10 % and Alaska’s case rate is at 839 over the last seven days. While 58.4 % of all Alaskans over the age of 12 have been fully vaccinated, 31,466 have received one dose of vaccine and are awaiting their second. There have been 114,708 COVID cases in total since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic and 564 Alaskans have died due to COVID.
In the Mat-Su, there were 58 new cases announced on Wednesday and there have been a total of 18,609 cases among Valley residents. There have been 83 Mat-Su Valley residents who have died from COVID in total and the case rate for the Mat-Su over the last seven days is 849. At MSRMC, 10 of the 33 people hospitalized with COVID require ventilators and 38.4 % of the entire population of hospitalized persons are hospitalized with COVID. While 41.3 % of Mat-Su residents have been fully vaccinated, 4,476 Mat-Su residents have received one dose and are awaiting a second. The single-day high of cases reported over the last week was October 1 with 265 for the entire Mat-Su Borough and 175 in Wasilla alone. The low mark over the last week for reporting was October 3 with 22 total. A total of 53.5 % of the entire population of the Mat-Su Valley has yet to receive a single dose of vaccination against COVID-19.
AT-SU BOROUGH SCHOOL DISTRICT
While there are no schools across the Mat-Su Borough School District that are closed to in-person instruction due to COVID-19 community spread, two large area high schools recently changed operational zones to medium risk. There are currently 15 schools that require students and staff to wear masks accounting for 31.9 % of all 47 schools and 32 schools have no mask requirement at a low alert level. There were 26 new cases reported as infectious within schools on Wednesday and 138 have been reported within MSBSD schools over the last week. There have been 1,647 since the beginning of the fall semester.
Redington Jr./Sr. High School and Colony High School recently moved to the medium risk level, requiring students and staff to wear masks at school. Colony had the high mark across MSBSD for cases reported on Wednesday with five and RJSH reported three. Over the last week, CHS has had 18 cases reported as infectious within school, which is the high mark across the district with Redington in second with nine cases over the last week.
Academy Charter School, the MSBSD Administrative offices, American Charter School, Big Lake Elementary, Colony High, Dena’ina Elementary, Fronteras Spanish Immersion Charter, Goose Bay Elementary, Iditarod Elementary, Knik Elementary, Machetanz Elementary, Meadow Lakes Elementary, Redington, Snowshoe Elementary and Tanaina Elementary all require students and staff to wear masks at a medium alert level.