KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Thirty-five new positive test results for COVID-19 were recorded Monday in Alaska — the largest single-day tally since the pandemic arrived in Alaska in early March.
Sixteen of Monday’s positive results involve Alaska residents, while 19 of the cases involve nonresidents, according to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. Twelve of the nonresident cases involved seafood workers in the DIllingham Census Area.
Meanwhile, one new positive result in Ketchikan was reported Tuesday evening by the Ketchikan Emergency Operations Center.
The person had used the Ketchikan drive-up testing site, according to the EOC.
“This individual met the criteria for drive-up testing of asymptomatic individuals and continues to be asymptomatic,” according to the EOC announcement, which added that the person had been directed to isolate.
As of early Tuesday evening, it wasn’t known whether the person had traveled recently or been in close contact with someone previously reported as testing positive for COVID-19, according to the EOC.
Public Health has begun a contact investigation.
Ketchikan’s cumulative case count stood at 28 as of early Tuesday evening. Twenty-four of the positive results have involved persons residing or staying in Ketchikan, according to EOC data. Eighteen of the 24 individuals are reported to have recovered.
A total of 111 test results were still pending in the Ketchikan area, according to EOC data. There have been 3,392 tests administered in the local area to date.
The EOC’s drive-up test clinic will open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at Berth 3. Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 — in addition to asymptomatic individuals who meet criteria such as having health conditions; are age 65 or older; are health care workers or care providers; are first responders; or who have recently traveled — may be tested at the drive-through clinic.
Statewide, the Municipality of Anchorage recorded nine of the new positive test results involving Alaska residents, according to DHSS. One new case per community was counted in Bethel, Fairbanks, Girdwood, Homer, Nome, Palmer and the combined Hoonah-Angoon Census Area and Yakutat Borough.
The positive results recorded on Monday raised the Alaska resident total to 778 cases, according to DHSS.
Of the 19 nonresident cases, two were recorded in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough. Both cases involve seafood industry workers.
The 12 nonresident cases recorded in the Dillingham Census Area involved seafood workers who had tested positive during their employer's testing protocols, according to DHSS.
“All of the individuals were in quarantine at the time they were identified (as having positive COVID-19 test results) and are now in isolation on the company’s closed campus,” according to the DHSS announcement
The Valdez-Cordova Census Area also tallied two nonresident cases relating to seafood industry workers.
One of the other nonresident cases involves a visitor in Anchorage, while two additional cases involve mining industry workers in the Fairbanks North Star Borough.
One new hospitalization was recorded in Alaska on Monday, bringing the total number of state hospitalizations to date up to 63. Fourteen patients were hospitalized as of Monday as either COVID-19 positive or under investigation for the coronavirus, according to DHSS data.
No new deaths were recorded. The number of COVID-19 deaths statewide stands at 12.
Eleven COVID-19 cases were reclassified as recovered on Monday, according to the DHSS. The tally of statewide recovered cases is 502.
Across Alaska, a total of 92,947 COVID-19 tests have been administered to date.