KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Ketchikan Public Health officials on Wednesday logged 11 new COVID-19 new cases, while the number of active cases in the community rose to 120 by 4 p.m. that afternoon.

Regarding local hospitalization counts, the Ketchikan Public Health-maintained information dashboard showed nine people hospitalized as of its update at 4:03 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 eight people were hospitalized when it updated by 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Ketchikan Public Health officials have tallied 107 cases in the past seven days, and 186 cases in the past week, according to the community information dashboard.

Ketchikan’s average count of newly identified cases per 100,000 population was 782.34 on Wednesday, more than seven times higher than the baseline rate of the high risk level, as defined by the state Department of Health and Social Services.

The full Ketchikan Public Health information dashboard can be found at

Ketchikan High School update

One new positive virus case was connected to Ketchikan High School on Wednesday, and the case will not affect the school’s schedule on Thursday, according to information sent to staff and students by Kayhi Principal Jason House.

“Our contact tracing is complete and any school-related close contacts have been notified,” House’s statement read.

Kayhi’s learning schedule and activities will happen as scheduled on Thursday, under the Ketchikan School District’s Start Strong mitigation plan’s high risk level.

Ketchikan Pioneer Home update

One COVID-19 case was active at the Ketchikan Pioneer Home as of Wednesday, according to an email sent to the Daily News from Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Communications Specialist Clinton Bennett.

“The positive case is a staff member and they have not been at work and in isolation,” Bennett wrote in the Wednesday afternoon email. “Two weeks ago there was a staff member who was positive with COVID-19, but they have completed their isolation and have returned to work.”

According to Bennett’s information, no current hospitalizations are related to the cases at the Ketchikan Pioneer Home, and no resident cases were active on Wednesday. 2

Metlakatla update

One positive COVID-19 test was identified in Metlakatla on Tuesday by the Annette Island Service Unit, according to an evening notice published by the Metlakatla Indian Community.

Four cases were reclassified as recovered on Tuesday.

“All contact tracing is complete,” the notice read. “Positive COVID cases are contained.”

There were 13 active cases in the community as of Tuesday evening, according to MIC. 9+

Statewide case information

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reported 427 new COVID-19 cases — 423 involving Alaska residents and four nonresident cases — and two virus-related deaths, moving the state’s virus death toll to 812.

The deceased were a Fairbanks woman in her 60s and a Wasilla man in his 40s, according to a case summary released by the department Wednesday afternoon.

Three of the four nonresident cases were counted in Wasilla and one was detected in Fairbanks.

Areas with 10 or more new resident cases tallied by DHSS on Tuesday included Anchorage (122), Fairbanks (48), Wasilla (47), the Bethel Census Area (28), Ketchikan and North Pole (17 each), Eagle River (15), Nome (13), Palmer (12), and the Nome Census Area (11).

One case also was reported in Wrangell, according to the DHSS information.

Alaska’s positivity rate was 6.7%, the lowest rate seen this month, but still above the 5% threshold that state health officials have set as the standard for testing.

Hospital status information

COVID-19 made up just more than 13% of hospitalizations around Alaska on Tuesday, according to DHSS.

A total of 154 individuals were hospitalized due to the virus — 148 people with confirmed cases and another six who were hospitalized and under investigation for the virus.

Of 123 adult intensive care unit beds at facilities around the state, 22 were available, according to the DHSS statement.

Alaska Native Medical Center’s adult intensive care unit was listed as closed on Wednesday, according to a hospital status information dashboard managed by DHSS.

ICUs were listed as near capacity at Alaska Regional Hospital and Providence Alaska Medical Center, while ICUs were in the open status at St. Elias Hospital and Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.

— Compiled by Daily News Staff Writer Raegan Miller