COVID-19

The Delta Junction area saw an increase in positive coronavirus test results last week preceded by a week of no local positive tests. According to local test facilities, there were five positive tests last week, and none the week before. The total number of positive resident tests performed by local providers in May is nine for the week ending May 22.

The State of Alaska reported a total of 18 cases in May through May 21, with six reported last week and three the previous week. State data generally lags behind local provider reports by several days, and also includes tests performed in other locations such as Fairbanks or on people that may be traveling.

The state is reporting a 49.8 percent vaccination rate for the Interior region outside of the Fairbanks North Star Borough. The state does not break down vaccination rates by communities in the Interior.

The state continues to list the Interior region outside of the Fairbanks North Star Borough as a high alert level with 17.52 cases per 100,000 residents. The numbers are calculated on a rolling 14-day average. Fairbanks is also listed as high with 10.73 per 100,000 residents. Other Southeast and the Matanuska-Susitna area are also listed as high. A high level occurs when the active case level is above 10 cases per 100,000 population.

With the Delta area population just under 5,000, the local level is high when there is a single case. According to the latest information from the state.

The state lists a total of 434 positives for Delta Junction residents since the pandemic began with 18 hospitalizations and three deaths.

Michael Paschall is the publisher of the Delta Wind and covers general news topics. He can be reached at news@deltawindonline.com.