KETCHIKAN (KDN) — All 35 of the new positive COVID-19 test results reported in Alaska on Sunday involved state residents, according to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.
No new cases were counted in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough on Sunday or Monday, stated information from the Ketchikan Emergency Operations Center.
The local case count stood at 66 as of 5 p.m. Monday. Fifty-four of those cases involve Ketchikan residents or people who remained in Ketchikan after being tested for COVID-19. The remaining 12 involve those who continued through Ketchikan after being tested. As of 5 p.m. Monday, two cases were active in Ketchikan.
With 17 positive test results Monday, Anchorage continued to record the bulk of the new cases in Alaska. Other areas to tally new cases include Fairbanks (four); Juneau (three); Utqiagvik and Wasilla (two each); and one each in Sitka, Unalaska, Kotzebue, North Pole, Palmer, Homer and the Northwest Arctic Borough.
Over half of the 5,833 resident cases recorded in the state remained active as of midnight Monday, according to DHSS. However, state epidemiologists have noted that active cases reported not necessarily accurate because of data-input delays.
One new hospitalization was recorded on Sunday, which raised the statewide total of resident COVID-19 hospitalizations to 240, according to DHSS. Of these hospitalizations, 41 are still active; 36 involved those individuals who are positive for COVID-19, and five concerned people who were being investigated for the virus. Eight Alaskans are on ventilators in state hospitals.
No nonresident cases were recorded, stated DHSS information. Nonresident cases numbered 891 as of midnight Sunday, with 689 of those cases being classified as active. There have been five nonresident hospitalizations, and no nonresident deaths.
With no new deaths counted as of midnight Sunday, the state’s total of COVID-19 deaths stood at 42.
The state’s risk level remains intermediate, according to the case summary released by DHSS. Risk levels are determined by the number of cases being recorded per 100,000 people in Alaska during a period of two weeks. During the past two weeks, 9.54 new cases were counted per 100,000 state residents. If that number surpasses 10 cases per 100,000 residents, the state’s risk level will move to high again, where it has not been since late last month.
Across the state, 391,656 COVD-19 tests have been administered, with a positive test result rate of 2.26% during the last seven days.
In Ketchikan, a total of 14,688 tests have been conducted, with results pending from 155 tests.