It's August already! We hope that you all have been able to enjoy our Alaskan summer with family and friends. We want to thank each of you for your unwavering support of The Arc and let you know that we are doing all we can to keep our individuals and staff safe. We want you all to know we are proceeding cautiously so that we can continue to provide in-person services and avoid further restrictions. We wanted to share some COVID-19 updates with you and let you know what actions we are taking. Unfortunately, Alaska has seen a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases in the past few weeks, the 3rd highest increase in hospitalizations in the nation. The Delta variant is considered twice as contagious as the original virus.
In the Municipality, our 14-day average is 31 new cases for every 100,000 people. The Muni and the State are at the highest alert level now.
As of August 4, there were 338 new cases reported in Anchorage, 101 requiring hospitalization.
The CDC and the Alaska DHSS still says that the most effective action you can take is to get vaccinated. Currently, the vaccination rate in Anchorage is 52.6%.
Infections happen in only a small proportion of fully vaccinated people, even with the Delta variant. When these infections occur among vaccinated people, they tend to be mild.