KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Ketchikan Public Health officials on Tuesday logged 15 new COVID-19 cases, according to the community’s virus information dashboard.

A total of 100 cases were still considered to be active infections as of Tuesday.

Regarding local hospitalization counts, the community dashboard showed five people hospitalized as of its update at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

A separate PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center dashboard, which reports the previous day's hospitalizations by 11 a.m. the following day, showed four people still were hospitalized when it updated by 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Ketchikan’s seven-day average of newly detected cases per 100,000 population was 650.73, the public health dashboard showed.

The Ketchikan Public Health information dashboard can be accessed at

Statewide case information

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reported 153 COVID-19 cases and the virus-related deaths of two Alaskans on Monday.

The deaths involved two Anchorage residents, a man in his 60s and a woman in her 70s, according to a case summary released by DHSS on Tuesday afternoon.

“Our thoughts are with their family and loved ones,” the statement read.

Since the start of the pandemic in Alaska, 832 Alaskans and 30 nonresidents in the state have died of the virus.

All but four of the new cases announced by DHSS involved Alaskans. The four nonresident cases were reported in Homer, Wasilla, Fairbanks, Yakutat plus Hoonah-Angoon and the North Slope Borough.

Areas with 10 or more resident cases reported by DHSS included Anchorage (35), Nome (18) and Fairbanks and the Bethel Census Area (15 each).

Southeast communities with new resident cases were Juneau (six), Ketchikan (two) and Petersburg (one), according to the statement from DHSS.

The state’s average daily case rate — the average tally of newly identified cases per 100,000 population spanning a period of seven days — was 319.1, the lowest rate seen since Aug. 15, when it was measured at 313.6.

Alaska’s test positivity rate continued to fall on Monday, declining from 5.81% to 5.75%, the lowest rate measured in more than three months. A positivity rate of less than 5% signifies appropriate levels of testing in an area.

Hospitalizations related to COVID-19 also were on the decline Monday, with 102 COVID-19 positive patients in health care facilities throughout the state as of midnight that day, according to DHSS. Another six people were hospitalized due to suspected virus positivity.

Of those individuals, 14 were using ventilators to breathe.

COVID-19 made up just more than 9% of all hospitalizations in Alaska on Monday.

Hospital status information

Several of the state’s largest health care facilities reported intensive care units that were near capacity on Tuesday.

Those facilities, according to a DHSS hospital information hub, included Bartlett Regional Hospital, Alaska Native Medical Center, Alaska Regional Hospital, Providence Alaska Medical Center, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and Mat-Su Regional Medical Center.

Alaska Native Medical Center reported a closed ICU to the dashboard, while the ICU at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Hospital was open.

Health care facilities in Petersburg, Wrangell, Ketchikan and Sitka did not provide updates to the dashboard.

— Compiled by Daily News Staff Writer Raegan Miller