KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Ketchikan Emergency Operations Center on Monday evening reported that two new positive test results for COVID-19 had been identified in Ketchikan through testing programs at two separate seafood processing plants.
Both persons have cooperated fully with the respective companies’ mitigation plans and followed all of the on-site protocols, according to the EOC announcement.
One person was first tested on June 15 and received a negative result, according to the EOC. A second test administered Monday as per the mitigation plan produced a positive result. The person did not have symptoms as of Monday.
The other person arrived in Ketchikan on Saturday, self-quarantined, and participated in twice-daily monitoring by a health care provider, according to the EOC. The person was tested after developing symptoms on Monday, and received a positive result.
Both persons have been placed in isolation, and Public Health officials were expected to start contact investigations on Monday.
“Both of these seafood processing plants have a COVID-19 mitigation plan in place and are actively maintaining and operating under the plan,” states the EOC announcement. “The purpose of the plans is to detect the presence of COVID-19 at an early stage and mitigate the risk to other employees and individuals.”
The new results raised the overall count for COVID-19 in Ketchikan to 27 cases in Ketchikan, according to the EOC, which classified the two results as among the 23 cases involving individuals residing or staying in Ketchikan. Individuals involved with 18 of those 23 cases are listed as having recovered.
As of 5 p.m. Monday, 3,292 tests had been administered in the Ketchikan area, with results from 307 tests still pending.
Statewide, six new resident cases and four new nonresident cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Alaska on Sunday, according to a Monday announcement from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.
The Ketchikan Gateway Borough did not record a new case, while the Municipality of Anchorage tallied three of the new resident cases.
The North Slope Borough, Palmer and Wasilla each counted one new case, according to the DHSS statement.
The positive test results recorded on Sunday raised the statewide tally of resident cases to 761.
Three of the nonresident cases involve seafood industry workers in the Haines Borough, while the fourth case recorded Sunday involves a visitor to the Wrangell-Petersburg Census Area.
The statewide nonresident case count is now 110.
One new hospitalization was recorded Sunday, which brings the statewide number of hospitalizations to 62, according to the DHSS.
The number of COVID-19 deaths remains 12.
The statewide tally of recovered cases is 491, with 16 cases of COVID-19 being reclassified as recovered on Sunday.
Across Alaska, 90,824 COVID-19 tests have been conducted.