KETCHIKAN (KDN) – Two cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Ketchikan during the weekend, and, as of Saturday, two individuals were still hospitalized in the COVID-19 unit at PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center.
The two new cases were tallied on Saturday, according to a press release from the Ketchikan Emergency Operations Center. Both of the cases — one involving an asymptomatic individual, the other symptomatic — were still under investigation as to source by that evening.
The EOC did not issue a press release or update the community’s COVID-19 dashboard on Sunday, leaving the cumulative total of COVID-19 cases in Ketchikan standing at 378 as of Saturday.
According to the local dashboard, 208 of those cases (55%) have been linked to close contact with a known positive case, 95 cases (25%) have been travel-related, and 71 cases (19%) have been categorized as community spread.
At the time of the EOC’s latest update, 21 cases were active in Ketchikan.
Ketchikan was still at Community Risk Level 3 (High) on Saturday evening, with a positivity rate of 2.38%. Ketchikan has been at Level 3 since Feb. 4, and previously had not been at that level since a late October outbreak that spurred more than 50 cases across the community and prompted a month-long stint at that level.
Results were pending from 51 local coronavirus tests.
During the weekend, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services did not report any new COVID-19 cases. Cases recorded on Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be recorded on the state COVID-19 dashboard on Monday. As of earlier this month, DHSS does not update its dashboard on weekends or federal holidays.
As of Friday, 217,541 total doses of a COVID-19 vaccine had been administered across Alaska, with about 18.8% of all Alaskans having been inoculated with at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine.
Vaccines are available to individuals who are eligible in any tier of Phase 1a (frontline health care workers, long term care facility staff or residents, firefighters or emergency medical providers), Tier 1 of Phase 1b (Alaskans aged 65 or older) or Tier 2 of Phase 1b, which opened during the first week of the month and includes frontline essential workers over the age of 50, K-12 educators of all ages, and individuals over the age of 50 with at least one high risk medical condition.
The next eligibility group — Tier 3, Phase 1b — is not projected to open until March. That tier is set to include Alaskans between the ages of 55 and 64, any person aged 16 or older who lives in an “unserved community,” and frontline essential workers between the ages of 16 and 50 who have two or more high risk health conditions, according to information from the Alaska Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.