Rising count of infections moves Alaska into high alert

As visitor travel to Alaska picks up strength, as residents participate in summer events, and as the pace of vaccinations slows down, the state’s COVID-19 case count is rising, prompting a return to high-alert status and warnings by health officials.

The statewide case count has been climbing since mid-June, with Alaska health officials attributing the rise in part to the highly contagious delta variant first identified in Alaska in May.

Sitka went on high alert last week, as did Anchorage. The Kenai Peninsula went to high alert on Monday after counting 53 new cases over the weekend.

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