KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Ketchikan Public Health officials reported 26 new COVID-19 cases between Tuesday and Wednesday, according to a late Wednesday afternoon update on the community information dashboard.
As of Wednesday, 64 cases were active in Ketchikan.
The public health dashboard showed one local hospitalization due to the virus as of its update at 3:56 p.m. Wednesday.
A separate PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center dashboard, which reports the previous day's hospitalizations by 11 a.m. the following day, showed three people were hospitalized when it updated by 11 a.m. Wednesday.
Ketchikan's average daily case rate — the average number of newly identified cases per 100,000 population during a weeklong period — was measured as 350.95, according to public health officials.
The full Ketchikan Public Health dashboard can be found at www.kgbak.us/913/COVID-19-Response.
Prince of Wales Island update
Health officials on Prince of Wales Island reported four COVID-19 cases between Dec. 18 and Monday, according to a message recorded that morning on the Craig Public Health COVID-19 information hotline.
One of the cases is travel-related and involves a Craig resident, the message stated.
The three other cases involve residents of POW communities with fewer than 1,000 residents. Of those cases, two were considered secondary spread and one was travel-related.
To date, 463 cases have been counted on the island, and three were active on Monday, according to Craig Public Health.
There were no active cases of COVID-19 in Metlakatla as of Tuesday evening, according to a Tuesday notice from the Metlakatla Indian Community.
The MIC information noted that, according to the Annette Island Service Unit, five COVID-19 tests were performed in the community on Tuesday. All five tests returned negative results.
Since the start of the pandemic, 151 cases have been counted in Metlakatla, according to the notice.
Statewide case information
The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reported a total of 996 cases between Monday and Tuesday, along with the virus-related deaths of two Alaskans, according to a Wednesday evening case statement from the department.
The deaths involved Anchorage residents, a woman in her 50s and a man in his 60s, according to the statement. To date, 947 Alaskans have died of the virus, along with 31 nonresidents in the state.
Of the 996 cases, 944 involved residents and 52 involved nonresidents.
Areas with 10 or more resident cases reported by DHSS between Monday and Tuesday included Anchorage (463), the Greater Wasilla Area (90), Juneau (75), Fairbanks (59), Eagle River (26), the Greater Palmer Area (26), Ketchikan (24), Kodiak (23) and Haines and North Pole (12 each).
Cases also were counted in Metlakatla and Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area (one each), according to the statement.
The nonresident cases were logged in Anchorage (25), Wasilla (11), Fairbanks and Juneau (four each), Prudhoe Bay and Kodiak (two apiece) and Homer and the Northwest Arctic Borough (one apiece). Two cases were still being investigated for location, per DHSS.
Alaska's seven-day overall test positivity rate was 7.58% on Tuesday, again above the 5% threshold that state health officials use to gauge whether an area is performing adequate testing to detect new cases.
The state's overall average daily case rate was 139.9 on Tuesday, according to DHSS.
Alaska's top three highest average daily case rates were recorded in Southeast communities on Tuesday, including the City and Borough of Sitka (610.1), the Haines Borough (476.2) and the City and Borough of Juneau (434.3).
The Ketchikan Gateway Borough ranked fifth-highest in the state (416.8), behind the Kusilvak Census Area (432.7) and just ahead of Yakutat plus Hoonah-Angoon (415.4).
The lowest average daily case rate in Alaska was 34.2, measured in the Aleutians East Borough, according to online DHSS information.
The case rates of other Southeast communities were the Petersburg Borough (282.2), the City and Borough of Wrangell (126.1), the Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area (114.9) and the Skagway Municipality (87.2).
According to online DHSS information, most areas of the state as a whole were at the high alert level, with average daily case rates of more than 100 average cases per 100,000 population over seven days. Those areas included the Bethel Census Area (100.7), the Denali Borough (110.7), the Southeast Fairbanks Census Area (129.7), the Kenai Peninsula Borough (135.7), the Anchorage Municipality (136), the Dillingham Census Area (146.7), the Nome Census Area (174), the Fairbanks North Star Borough (181.1), the Matanuska-Susitna Borough (194.8), the Northwest Arctic Borough (211), the Copper River Census Area (222.3), the combined Bristol Bay and Lake and Peninsula Borough (247.9), and the Kodiak Island Borough (277.5).
As of midnight Tuesday, six COVID-19 cases fueled by the Omicron variant have been identified in Alaska, according to an online variant dashboard managed by DHSS.
Further information about the cases was not included in DHSS' Wednesday statement, although the statement noted that "protective measures against the omicron variant remain the same as for the other COVID variants."
Those mitigation measures include wearing a face covering, washing your hands, social distancing and testing for COVID-19, per DHSS.
The statement also noted, "Using a self-test before and after travel and large gatherings is advised."
Just more than 26% of Alaskans over the age of 18 have received a COVID-19 vaccine booster, according to online DHSS information.
DHSS information showed that 57.4% of residents over the age of 5 are considered fully vaccinated, and 62.7% have received at least one dose.
Additionally, about 69.3% of Alaskans aged 18 or older have received at least one dose, and 64.1% of Alaskans in that age bracket were fully vaccinated as of Wednesday.
According to DHSS' statement, the rates of residents by region who have been fully vaccinated by midnight Tuesday were:
• Juneau: 77.6%.
• The Yukon-Kuskokwim region: 73.4%.
• Northern Southeast (Skagway, Haines, Sitka, Wrangell, Petersburg and Yakutat plus Hoonah-Angoon): 72.4%.
• Southwest Alaska: 67.6%.
• Southern Southeast (Ketchikan and the Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area); 64.7%.
• Anchorage: 61.9%.
• Northwest Alaska: 59.2%.
• Interior Alaska: 57.3%.
• Fairbanks North Star Borough: 49.5%.
• Kenai Peninsula: 47.8%.
• Matanuska-Susitna region: 40.5%.
A separate DHSS-maintained "Sleeves up for School" information dashboard showed that 55.2% of Alaskan youth between 12 and 18 years old have received at least one dose, and 21.4% of those aged between 5 and 11 have received at least one dose.
In the Bethel Census Area, more than 48% of youth between 5 and 11 have received at least one dose — the highest rate in the state as of Tuesday, according to the dashboard. The highest rate of 12 to 18 year olds with at least one dose was measured at 91.3% in the City and Borough of Sitka.
Hospital status update
As of midnight Tuesday, 37 of 127 adult intensive care unit beds were open around the state, according to DHSS.
There were a total of 55 COVID-19 related hospitalizations around the state on Tuesday — 52 involving individuals who had confirmed virus cases, and three who were still being investigated for the virus. Ten of the 55 patients were using ventilators, according to DHSS.
Adult-level intensive care units were near capacity at the Alaska Native Medical Center and Alaska Regional Hospital on Wednesday, according to a DHSS-run hospital information hub.
ICUs at Providence Alaska Medical Center, Central Peninsula Hospital, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Hospital were listed as open on the dashboard.
Mat-Su Regional Medical Center's ICU was shown as closed.
— Compiled by Daily News Staff Writer Raegan Miller