COVID-19

Last week Delta saw more resident positive tests for the coronavirus than it did during June and July combined. A total of nine positive test results were received last week.

June saw a total of six cases, with July only having two. Until last week August had seen only five cases. Last week’s numbers bring the total to 14 for August as the end of the month approaches.

Other parts of the state have seen a significant increase in cases during the past two months, with all of the state now classified at a high alert level according to state data. The level is calculated based upon the average of new reported cases in the past seven days. High is defined as an average greater than 10 cases per 100,000 residents for the previous seven days.

According to the state’s coronavirus website, areas with less than 20 cases are considered “significantly imprecise and should be interpreted with caution.”

The site explains that in areas of small population – such as the Delta Junction area – an outbreak in a single household could dynamically change the alert level.

“A cluster of 5 cases of COVID-19 in a single household (in a community of 10,000) would raise the alert level to orange.”

The population in the Delta Junction area is less than 5,000 according to the State of Alaska.

“A large outbreak in a well-contained setting would increase the per capita incidence but may not pose as much risk to the general population.”

Information available to the Delta Incident Management Team indicates of the nine cases last week, there are at least two sets of two positives within the same household and at least one of the positive cases last week was for an individual that had been vaccinated.

The Department of Health and Social Services website goes on to explain that many people who test positive for the coronavirus have none or very mild symptoms of the diease. The state encourages people with even mild symptoms to get tested to prevent cases from going undetected.

Cases recorded by the state are based upon a patient’s residency, not where the person was infected or where they spent time while infectious, and non-resident cases are not calculated as part of the alert level.

“While DHSS closely monitors the number of cases identified in non-Alaska residents, cases among residents are a more meaningful indicator of the extent of transmission in a community and statewide.”

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