KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Ketchikan Public Health officials on Tuesday tallied 10 new coronavirus cases in Ketchikan, while four individuals were hospitalized in the COVID-19 unit at PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center by that evening.
A total of 13 cases remained under investigation as to source as of early Tuesday evening, the Public Health-maintained virus data dashboard showed. Between 5 p.m. Monday and 5 p.m. Tuesday, Ketchikan Public Health linked one recent case to close contact, two to community spread, three to a congregate or industry setting, and categorized one as lost to contact.
As of Tuesday evening, 66 local virus cases were considered active. In the past seven days, 57 COVID-19 cases have been tallied in Ketchikan, the dashboard showed.
About 58% of cases charted in Ketchikan during the past seven days have involved unvaccinated, eligible individuals. Fully vaccinated individuals accounted for 30% of cases in the past seven days, while individuals not eligible for vaccination made up 4%. About 8% of cases involved people with unknown vaccination statues, according to the dashboard.
Since the start of the pandemic, a total of 979 cases have been identified in Ketchikan.
Ketchikan's seven-day average daily case rate was measured as 416.76 on Tuesday, while the 14-day rate was 81.99, according to the public health information.
Prince of Wales Island
Nine resident COVID-19 cases were recorded on Prince of Wales Island on Tuesday, according to a message recorded at 5:30 p.m. on the Craig Public Health COVID-19 information hotline.
"Case investigations and contact tracing are still in progress," the hotline messaged stated.
Two of the cases involve Craig residents, and both were considered to be cases of secondary spread.
Six cases involve residents of "small" communities on POW, according to the hotline. Two of those cases were linked to community spread and four were determined to be secondary spread.
One case was still being investigated by Tuesday evening.
Of the 274 total cases counted on POW, 39 were active on Tuesday, according to the hotline.
Metlakatla moved back to its lowest community alert level on Tuesday, and all 10 tests conducted in the community that day returned negative results, according to an evening announcement from Metlakatla Indian Community.
"Remember our mandates are still in effect," the MIC notice stated. "Wear a mask inside and amongst others outside of your household, social distance and wash your hands."
Two individuals also were released from their isolation period on Tuesday.
One of Metlakatla's 70 total cases remained active in the community on Tuesday. One individual was hospitalized due to COVID-19, according to MIC.
Statewide case information
Alaska's total number of COVID-19 cases surpassed 83,000 on Monday, as the state's resident count also rose past 81,000, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reported in a Tuesday case statement.
DHSS also counted 13 virus-related resident deaths and 593 new cases — 562 Alaskans and 31 nonresidents — on Monday.
One of the deaths, that of a Fairbanks woman in her 70s, was recent, the DHSS statement noted on Tuesday.
The other 12 deaths were "identified through death certificate review," per DHSS, including another Fairbanks resident, a woman in her 60s.
Six Anchorage resident deaths were identified, including a man in his 30s, a man in his 60s, two men in their 70s, a woman in her 70s and a man aged 80 or older.
Three Homer men also died of COVID-19 — two in their 50s and one aged 80 or older, according to DHSS.
One death was that of a Soldotna woman in her 70s, according to the DHSS information.
To date, 419 Alaskans and eight nonresidents have died of the virus.
Areas with 10 or more new resident cases recorded on Monday included Anchorage (183); Fairbanks (45); Wasilla and the Nome Census Area (37); Soldotna (30); Kenai (26); Palmer (20); Seward (17); Eagle River (16); Juneau (15); the Northwest Arctic Borough and Kodiak (11 apiece) and North Pole (10).
Other Southeast communities with new resident cases were Ketchikan and Craig (six each); Haines (five); Sitka (four); Douglas and Wrangell (three apiece) and Petersburg (one), per the DHSS case summary.
Nonresident cases were recorded in Anchorage (seven); Fairbanks, Seward and Yakutat plus Hoonah-Angoon (three apiece); Juneau, Kodiak, Wasilla and the Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area (two each); and Girdwood, Homer, Ketchikan, Petersburg and Soldotna (one each). Two cases were still under investigation.
Alaska's total number of eligible individuals who have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine reached 60% on Monday, according to DHSS. About 53.9% of eligible Alaskans were considered fully vaccinated on Monday.
The Matanuska-Susitna region had the lowest rate of fully vaccinated residents — 37.9% — on Monday, while the Juneau region had the highest rate of 76.1%, according to DHSS information.
Between midnight Sunday and midnight Monday, 14 Alaskans were reported as newly hospitalized due to COVID-19.
A total of 127 virus-related hospitalizations were reported on Monday — 121 involving people who tested positive for the virus and six who were suspected of having COVID-19, according to DHSS. Of those individuals, 28 were using ventilators.
In the Anchorage area, 55 of 63 adult intensive care unit beds were full, while 474 of 515 non-ICU adult beds were occupied, DHSS information showed. COVID-19 hospitalizations made up 10.9% of the area's hospitalizations on Monday.
Two of 14 ICU beds in the Mat-Su area were open, up from one available bed on Sunday, according to DHSS, while 68 of 135 non-ICU beds were taken.
DHSS information showed seven COVID-19 hospitalizations in Southeast on Monday, accounting for 11.3% of regional hospitalizations. No patients were using ventilators in Southeast, and three of 17 adult ICU beds were filled.
Alaska's test positivity rate was 6.47% on Monday, down from 7.1% on Sunday, according to DHSS.
— Compiled by Daily News Staff Writer Raegan Miller