KETCHIKAN (KDN) — After just one day at a "high" COVID-19 risk level status, Alaska dropped back down to an "intermediate" level on Thursday.
On Thursday, 9.75 new cases per 100,000 Alaskans were counted, just below the threshold of 10 new cases per 100,000 Alaskans that separates the intermediate and high risk levels, according to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. The high level is from 10 to 20 new cases per 100,000 people.
With the state back at the intermediate level, "moderate community transmission with some undetected cases and infrequent discrete outbreaks is likely occurring," according to DHSS.
Ninety-seven new positive test results were counted on Thursday statewide — 89 cases involving Alaskans, and eight involving nonresidents.
No new positive results were reported by the Ketchikan Emergency Operations Center on Friday. The most recent positive results in Ketchikan were two traveler cases announced on Sept. 1.
The local case count remains at 66, according to the EOC. Fifty-four cases involve residents or those who have been residing in Ketchikan after being tested. Twelve cases concern people who continued to travel through Ketchikan after being tested. As of 5 p.m. Friday, two cases were active in Ketchikan.
While the statewide alert level has changed, Ketchikan remains at a low risk level. At this level, outbreaks and community transmission are rare or nonexistent, according to DHSS.
Of Thursday’s statewide resident cases announced by DHSS on Friday, Anchorage and Fairbanks posted 35 and 27 cases, respectively. Other positive results were recorded in Wasilla and North Pole (five each); Juneau and Palmer (four each); Utqiagvik (two); and Delta Junction, Douglas, the Kusilvak Census Area, Nome Census Area, the Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area, Kenai Peninsula Borough north and the Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area (one each).
Alaska surpassed 6,000 total resident cases this week. Out of the total 6,113 cases, 3,918 were active as of midnight Thursday, stated DHSS information.
Eight nonresident cases were tallied on Thursday. Fairbanks and Anchorage counted three cases each, all of which remain under investigation by DHSS.
Eagle River identified one case involving a visitor, and the final nonresident case from Thursday remains under investigation for both purpose and location, according to DHSS.
As of midnight Thursday, nonresident cases in the state numbered 911, with 704 cases remaining active. Six nonresidents have been hospitalized, and no nonresident deaths have been reported.
One new death was recorded in the state on Thursday, according to DHSS.
The death of an Anchorage woman in her 40s raised the total number of Alaskan COVID-19 deaths to 43.
A single new hospitalization was recorded on Thursday, raising the statewide total of COVID-19 hospitalizations to 250 to date. Forty-four Alaskans were hospitalized for reasons relating to COVID-19 on Thursday. Forty of these individuals were positive for COVID-19, while four were being investigated for the virus. An additional seven Alaskans were utilizing ventilation across the state.
Across Alaska, 394,586 COVID-19 tests have been collected, with a positive result rate of 1.82%.
In Ketchikan, 15,278 tests have been administered. Results were pending from 156 tests.
A total of 59 tests were collected at the Berth 3 drive-up testing site during the previous seven days, according to a Friday report from the Ketchikan EOC. An additional 160 tests were conducted at the traveler testing site.
Since the traveler testing operation began, 16,674 travelers have been tested, according to the EOC. These tests resulted in 20 positive result identifications.