KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Ketchikan Public Health officials added 11 new COVID-19 cases to the community’s virus data dashboard over the weekend.
A total of 12 cases remained under investigation as to source as of early Monday evening, according to the dashboard. Between 5 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Monday, Ketchikan Public Health linked 46 cases to close contact, nine to travel, 21 to community spread, and categorized six cases as lost to contact.
Three people were hospitalized with the virus in PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center’s COVID-19 unit.
As of Monday evening, 62 cases were listed as active on the dashboard.
In the past seven days, 34 cases have been counted in Ketchikan. Of those cases, 14 have involved unvaccinated people, seven have involved people not eligible to be vaccinated and 11 involved fully vaccinated individuals, according to the Public Health dashboard. Two cases involved individuals whose vaccination status was not known by Monday evening.
Twenty-four of the cases tallied in the past week have involved symptomatic individuals. The symptom status of 10 individuals was unknown as of Monday.
To date, 1,348 cases have been recorded in Ketchikan, according to Public Health.
Of those cases, 681 have involved close contacts of known positive cases, 183 have been travel-related, 270 have been ruled community spread, 92 related to congregate or industry settings, and 110 are listed as lost to contact.
Ketchikan’s COVID-19 data dashboard can be accessed at www.kgbak.us/913/COVID-19-Response.
Schoenbar Middle School update
One virus case “involving a member of the Schoenbar Middle School family” was announced in an announcement from the school on Monday afternoon.
The individual attended school during the past week, according to the notice, which was posted on the SMS website.
“Known close contacts from school will be contact by SMS administration, public health or KGBSD nurses,” the statement read.
Since the start of the school year in late August, at least eight cases have been recorded at the school.
Prince of Wales Island update
Prince of Wales Island's cumulative total of COVID-19 cases rose past 400 during the weekend, with a total of 402 cases being reported on the Craig Public Health COVID-19 hotline as of Monday afternoon.
Four cases were counted on POW on Monday, according to the message.
Two of those cases involved Craig residents, and both were related to secondary spread.
One of the cases involved a resident of a POW community with fewer than 1,000 residents. The case also was considered secondary spread, according to the recording.
The fourth case involved a nonresident in Craig, whose case was related to travel.
As of Monday afternoon, six cases were active on the island, according to the hotline.
Statewide case information
Alaska saw its highest weekend total of new COVID-19 cases between Friday and Sunday, with more than 4,000 new cases and 21 virus-related deaths charted as the state continues to weather its worst spike of the pandemic thus far.
Of those cases, 3,878 involved Alaska residents — 1,009 logged on Friday, 1,294 on Saturday and 1,575 on Sunday, according to a late afternoon statement from DHSS on Monday. A total of 147 nonresident cases were counted between the three days (36 on Friday, 46 on Saturday and 65 on Sunday).
All but three of the newly reported deaths involve Alaskans. One of the deaths recorded was that of a Ketchikan resident, which was reported locally in mid-August. The Ketchikan resident was a man aged 80 or older, according to DHSS.
The DHSS statement noted that the deaths counted were mostly “identified through death certificate review from July — September, with a few recent fatalities in September.”
The deaths of eight Anchorage residents were among those reported Monday, including a man in his 50s, two men in their 60s, a woman in her 60s, a woman in her 70s, a man in his 70s and two women aged 80 or older.
Three of the deaths involved Wasilla residents — two men and one woman — all in their 70s, according to DHSS.
Two deaths of Fairbanks residents were counted, involving a man in his 40s and a woman aged 80 or older.
DHSS also counted the deaths of a Kodiak man in his 50s, a Homer man in his 50s, a Palmer man in his 60s and an Anchor Point woman in her 80s, according to the statement.
The nonresident deaths were that of a man in his 30s in Anchorage, a man in his 40s in Anchorage and a man in his 50s in Seward.
As of Monday, 532 Alaskans and 21 nonresidents have died of the virus.
“Our thoughts are with their families and loved ones,” read the DHSS statement.
Areas with 10 or more newly recorded cases during the Friday through Sunday time period included Anchorage (1,248); Wasilla (570); Fairbanks (468); Palmer (272); North Pole (169); Kenai (109); Juneau (107); Kodiak (91); the Northwest Arctic Borough (85); Eagle River (76); Soldotna (61); Valdez (44); Chugiak and the North Slope Borough (37 apiece); Seward, the Nome Census Area and the Bristol Bay plus Lake and Peninsula Borough (30 each); the Bethel Census Area (27); Nikiski and Utqiagvik (26 each); the Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area (24); Ketchikan (23); Dillingham and Homer (20 each); Big Lake (17); the Copper River Census Area (16); Kotzebue and Bethel (14 each); Yakutat plus Hoonah-Angoon, Delta Junction and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough (12 each); and Sitka and the Kusilvak Census Area (10 apiece).
Additional Southeast communities with new cases over the weekend were Haines (five), Douglas and the Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area (four per area), Craig (three), Skagway (two) and Metlakatla (one), according to the DHSS information.
Nonresident cases were logged in Anchorage (37); Prudhoe Bay (34); Fairbanks (24); Wasilla (20); Unalaska (three); Juneau, Kodiak, Seward, Skagway and Soldotna (two); and Delta Junction, Girdwood, Ketchikan, Petersburg, Kotzebue, Bethel, the Copper River Census Area and the Bristol Bay plus Lake and Peninsula Borough (one apiece).
Alaska’s seven-day average of new cases counted per 100,000 people was a record-high 1223.1, remaining the highest recorded in the nation that day.
Hospital status update
Hospitals around the state continue to be strained by the recent stretch of record-high virus hospitalizations and cases.
As of midnight Sunday, 215 people were hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, and six were hospitalized with suspected cases, according to DHSS. A total of 37 hospitalized patients were using ventilators due to the virus.
Adult-level intensive care units at several major hospitals were closed on Sunday, according to an online hospital status dashboard updated by DHSS. Those closed ICUs included the Alaska Native Medical Center (Anchorage), Alaska Regional Hospital (Anchorage), Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Hospital (Anchorage), Central Peninsula Hospital (Soldotna), Mat-Su Regional Hospital (Palmer), Bartlett Regional Hospital (Juneau) and St. Elias Hospital (Anchorage).
The ICU at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital was listed on the dashboard as “near capacity.”
PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center, Bassett Army Community Hospital (Fort Wainwright) and Southern Peninsula Hospital (Homer) were the only larger hospitals with ICUs not listed as closed or near capacity.
About 19% of all hospitalizations recorded in Alaska on Sunday were due to COVID-19, according to the DHSS summary statement.
— Compiled by Daily News Staff Writer Raegan Miller