KETCHIKAN (KDN)  — A record-high weekend case count of 50 new COVID-19 cases was logged on the Ketchikan Public Health COVID-19 dashboard on Monday, as well as an all-time-high nine hospitalizations in PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center's COVID-19 unit.

According to the KPH dashboard, 118 cases were active in Ketchikan as of late Monday afternoon.

Regarding local hospitalization counts, the Ketchikan Public Health dashboard showed nine people hospitalized as of its update at 4:30 p.m. Monday.

The Ketchikan Public Health dashboard is separate from the hospitalization dashboard that posted by PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center, which reports the previous day's hospitalizations by 11 a.m. the following day.

While the PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center hospitalization dashboard updated on Monday morning (using the total of individuals hospitalized on Sunday) to show six people were in the unit,  KMC Communications Specialist Kate Govaars wrote to the Daily News on Monday that, as of 9:30 a.m., that number was down to five.

Govaars wrote that the KMC COVID-19 unit has a baseline of eight beds, with the "ability to expand rapidly if needed."

If more capacity was needed, "beds would continue to be located in both MedSurg and ICU," according to Govaars.

The full KPH dashboard can be accessed at

Metlakatla update

A Friday night notice from the Metlakatla Indian Community reported that five of the 25 COVID-19 tests conducted in Metlakatla that day returned positive results, bringing the community's cumulative case count to 117.

As of Friday, 20 cases were active on the island and nobody was hospitalized, according to the notice.

Metlakatla remained at Community Alert Level 3.

"Bear with us as we work with the Annette Island Service Unit on updating mandates based on new science and a status of ongoing community mitigation readiness," the MIC notice read.

Prince of Wales Island update

Health officials on Prince of Wales Island counted two new COVID-19 cases since Friday, according to a message recorded Monday afternoon on the Craig Public Health COVID-19 hotline.

One case, involving a Craig resident, was found to be travel-related.

The second case involves a resident of a community on POW with fewer than 1,000 residents. The case was found to be community spread.

Since the start of the pandemic, 142 COVID-19 cases have been counted on POW, and four were active on Monday, according to the hotline.

Statewide case information

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reported a total of 1,089 new COVID-19 cases and two resident virus-related deaths between Friday and Sunday, bringing the state's cumulative case count to 146,247.

Both of the deaths reported on Sunday involved Anchorage women aged 80 or older, according to a case summary released late Monday afternoon by the department.

Since the start of the pandemic, 803 Alaskans and 30 nonresidents have died in the state.

All but 12 of the cases reported by DHSS involved Alaska residents, according to the statement.

Areas with 10 or more new resident cases recorded between Friday and Sunday included Anchorage (248), the Greater Wasilla Area (126), Ketchikan (85), Fairbanks (75), Nome (61), the Bethel Census Area (44), Greater Palmer Area (38), the Nome Census Area (32), Eagle River (30), Kotzebue (29), the Northwest Arctic Borough (28), North Pole (23), Kenai and the Copper River Census Area (22 apiece), Bethel (19), Homer and Chugiak (17 each), the Houston/Big Lake Area (15 each),  Wrangell and Soldotna (14 apiece), Juneau and the combined Bristol Bay and Lake and Peninsula Borough (12 apiece), Utqiagvik (11), Metlakatla (10).

Sitka and the Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area also counted three cases per area, according to DHSS.

The nonresident cases were identified in Anchorage (five), Wasilla (four) and Juneau and Seward (one each). One case was still being investigated by DHSS.

Vaccination update

About 59% of Alaskans over the age of 5 have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to DHSS on Monday.

All three vaccines authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention —  produced by Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson Janssen— are currently available in Alaska.

Individuals aged five to 11 are only eligible for pediatric doses (which are about one-tenth of a full adult dose) of the Pfizer vaccine, and those aged between 12 and 17 are only eligible for regular doses of the Pfizer jab.

The Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available to anyone over the age of 18.

In the Aleutians East Borough, 93% of residents over the age of five have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, the highest vaccination rate in the state, according to online DHSS information.

The City and Borough of Juneau, the City and Borough of Sitka and the Skagway Municipality all reported 79% of residents with at least one dose, tying for the second-highest rate in the state.

The Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area, with 78% of residents having received at least one dose, had the third-highest vaccination rate in the state, according to the DHSS information.

In the DHSS-sponsored "Sleeves up for School" vaccination program, 53.4% of Alaskans aged 12 to 18 years old had at least one vaccine dose as of Monday.

The five regions with the highest rate of 12 to 18 year olds with at least one dose were Sitka (91.5%) the Kusilvak Census Area (89%), the Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area (88.8%), the Aleutians East Borough (87.8%) and the Nome Census Area (86.1%), according to DHSS' online information.

In the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, 57.3% of residents aged between 12 and 18 were shown to have at least one dose as of Monday, ranking just below the Anchorage Municipality (57.6%) and above the North Slope Borough (53%), the dashboard showed.

Hospital status update

Almost 14% of all hospitalizations around Alaska on Sunday were COVID-19 related, according to the DHSS statement.

As of midnight Sunday, 155 individuals were hospitalized and COVID-19 positive, while another seven people were hospitalized with suspected cases. Nineteen patients were using ventilators to breathe while hospitalized.

Adult-level intensive care units at the Providence Alaska Medical Center, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and Alaska Regional Hospital were listed as open on a DHSS-maintained hospital information dashboard on Monday morning.

Alaska Native Medical Center's ICU was shown to be closed.

Several other large health care facilities did not provide status updates to the dashboard on Monday.

The Southeast area hospitals PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center, Bartlett Regional Hospital, SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Medical Center, SEARHC Wrangell Medical Center and Petersburg Medical Center also did not provide updates, according to the dashboard.

— Compiled by Daily News Staff Writer Raegan Miller