Nurse Kimberly Wells prepares a shot for Khanh Nguyen at the COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Tikahtnu Commons in East Anchorage on October 21, 2021.
Alaska on Tuesday reported two new deaths and 183 new cases of COVID-19 as part of a continuing decline in transmission around the state as officials worldwide wait to learn more about the new omicron variant.
Meanwhile, state health officials said this week they are monitoring for the new variant of the coronavirus that’s sparked concern worldwide due in part to its many mutations.
Just around 200 cases of the variant have been detected in 20 countries so far.
About 99% of Alaska’s recently sequenced coronavirus cases have been caused by the highly transmissible delta variant that’s been linked to Alaska’s deadliest virus surge this fall.