KETCHIKAN (KDN) — No new local cases of COVID-19 were announced Tuesday by the Ketchikan Emergency Operations Center.

The local case count remained at 79 as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, according to the EOC.

Ketchikan remains at a moderate risk level.

Ketchikan Public Utilities announced on Monday that its customer service location closed to the public for the duration of the week.

The closure is "out of an abundance of caution," according to the KPU social media announcement. Telephonic customer service remains available during regular business overs.

Statewide case information

Alaska on Monday recorded its 20th straight day of more than 100 cases on the same day that the state surpassed 10,000 resident cases.

As of midnight Monday, 10,028 resident cases and 1,011 nonresident cases had been counted in Alaska, according to the state Department of Health and Social Services on Tuesday.

Of the 157 new positive test results counted across the state on Monday, 153 involved residents. Four involved nonresidents.

Areas to chart new cases on Monday include Anchorage (66); Fairbanks (23); Utqiagvik (nine); Palmer (eight); Soldotna (six); Juneau and Kenai (five apiece); Wasilla, North Pole and Bethel (four each); Kotzebue (three); Chugiak, Sterling and Cordova (two per); and Eagle River, Homer, Valdez, Haines, Chevak, the Kusilvak Census Area, the Kenai Peninsula Borough north, Kenai Peninsula Borough south, Northwest Arctic Borough and the Fairbanks North Star Borough (one each).

The Ketchikan case counted locally on Monday, involving a symptomatic resident, was not counted by DHSS in its Tuesday case summary.

Active resident cases as of midnight Monday totaled 4,684 cases, according to DHSS.

Two of the four nonresident cases tallied on Monday were attributed to Anchorage, one was charted in the Kenai Peninsula Borough and one was assigned to Unalaska.

The industries of the individuals involved in those cases was unknown to DHSS as of Monday.

Of the 1,011 nonresident cases recorded in Alaska since March, 386 were active as of midnight Monday.


Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau announced that a woman died of COVID-19 in the facility on Tuesday morning.

The woman was in her 60s and a resident of Juneau, according to a Tuesday afternoon press release from the hospital.

The statement noted that the woman's death was the first from the virus at the hospital.

As of Tuesday, six COVID-19 patients were being treated at Bartlett Regional Hospital, with 23 patients having already been discharged this year, according to the release.

As of midnight Monday, Alaska's total number of COVID-19 deaths stood at 60.

Fairbanks Pioneer Home outbreak

Since Oct. 6, 25 additional cases of COVID-19 were identified at the Fairbanks Pioneer Home (20 cases involving residents and five involving staff members), according to DHSS.

The first case at that facility was identified on Sept. 21.

Since then, 53 cases have been recorded — 29 involving residents and 24 involving staff.

As of Tuesday, 35 cases were active. Of the active cases, 25 involved residents. Ten staff members were considered active cases.

No deaths have been associated with the Fairbanks Pioneer Home outbreak, although one resident was hospitalized as of Tuesday, according to DHSS.


Alaska's cumulative number of COVID-19 hospitalizations increased to 338 on Monday, according to DHSS.

One new nonresident hospitalization was added to the online DHSS dashboard, the seventh since the pandemic began in Alaska in March.

As of midnight Monday, 44 Alaskans were hospitalized as COVID-19 patients. Another 15 people were hospitalized as patients under investigation for COVID-19.

Eight of the 44 Alaskans hospitalized on Monday were utilizing ventilators.

Statewide risk level

After recording another all-time average daily case rate on Monday, Alaska remained at a high risk level.

The average daily case rate — based on the number of new cases recorded per 100,000 Alaskans over a rolling 14-day period — was 21.61.

The average daily case rate per 100,000 population over the past seven days also rose from 23.78 on Sunday to 23.98 on Monday, according to DHSS.


A total of 514,789 tests have been conducted in the state.

According to a DHSS social media announcement on Tuesday, "Alaska has led the nation as one of the most-tested states per capita," behind Rhode Island.

The statewide positivity rate on Monday had climbed to 4.62%, an all-time high.