KETCHIKAN (KDN) — No new cases of COVID-19 were counted in Ketchikan by the local Emergency Operations Center on Friday.
One individual remained hospitalized in the COVID-19 unit at PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center, according to a evening update of the online EOC data dashboard.
Eight local cases were still considered to be active infections as of Friday evening.
Statewide case information
For the third and fourth consecutive days, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services recorded more than 100 cases of COVID-19 statewide on Wednesday and Thursday.
Of those days combined, 284 new positive COVID-19 test results were recorded in Alaska — 113 on Wednesday and 152 on Thursday, according to online information from DHSS.
Of those cases, 264 involved Alaskans, and 20 involved nonresidents within the state.
Virus-related hospitalizations made up 5.1% of all hospitalizations in Alaska on Thursday, with 57 Alaskans in state hospitals due to COVID-19, according to DHSS information. Eight of those hospitalized Alaskans were using ventilators.
Alaska's average daily case rate — the average count of newly identified cases per 100,000 people over two weeks — was 9.6 on Thursday, hovering just below the 10-case threshold needed to move to the state to the high alert level. Alaska has been at the intermediate alert status since May 21, DHSS data showed.
Northern Southeast Alaska — the area encompassing Sitka, Skagway, Petersburg, Yakutat, Haines and Wrangell — had the highest recorded average daily case rate (37.1) in the state as of Thursday, keeping the area at the high alert level. It was a new record for the region, which held a previous record case rate of 35.4, recorded in early March.
Three other regions also were at the high alert level — Interior Alaska (14.8), the Kenai Peninsula Borough (13.2) and the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta (13.2).
No areas of the state were at the intermediate alert level on Thursday.
All other areas were at the low alert status, including the City and Borough of Juneau (4.3), Southern Southeast (4.3), the Matanuska-Susitna Borough (4.00), the Southwest region (2.8), Northwest region (2.6) and the Fairbanks North Star Borough (2.00), per DHSS information.
As of Friday afternoon, 51% of eligible Alaskans (those 12 and older) had been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, the DHSS vaccine dashboard showed. About 56% of Alaskans over the age of 12 have received at least one dose of a vaccine.
According to DHSS, 357 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines and 25 Johnson & Johnson Janssen shots were administered in Alaska on Thursday.
Juneau had the highest vaccination rate in the state as of Thursday, with 73% of residents having received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to DHSS. The Northern Southeast region had the second-highest vaccination rate, 68%. The Matanuska-Susitna region had the lowest vaccination rate (36%) in the state on Thursday.
A Tuesday report from DHSS summarizing variant virus cases in Alaska indicated that 21 more cases of the Alpha variant had been recorded since the last report issued on July 6.
The report stated that the variant was being seen "widely in Alaska (and the nation)."
Six additional cases of the Gamma variant and 21 cases of the Delta variant also were identified in Alaska.
The Gamma variant has been detected in most areas of the state, according to the report, and evidence of community transmission has been detected.
The Delta variant was recorded in Anchorage, the Mat-Su Valley and the Interior region this week. Transmission has been linked to household clusters, community spread and travel, according to the DHSS report.
"Several" of the Delta cases are confirmed to involve vaccinated individuals, while other cases involving vaccinated individuals are still under investigation, per the report.
As of midnight Thursday, DHSS reported the following COVID-19 statistics:
• New cases on Wednesday and Thursday: 284 total cases (264 residents and 20 nonresidents).
• Areas to record 10 or more resident cases: Anchorage (115), Sitka (38), Cordova (17), Homer (14) and Kenai (10).
• Southeast areas with new resident cases recorded by DHSS: Juneau (five), Petersburg (three) and Skagway (two).
• Nonresident case locations: Homer recorded three cases. Anchorage, Cordova, Juneau, Kenai and Kodiak each counted two cases. Fairbanks, Girdwood, Seward, Sitka and Soldotna counted one apiece. Two cases were under investigation as to location.
• Cumulative state cases: 72,440 (69,453 resident cases and 2,987 nonresident cases).
• Total hospitalizations: 1,720.
• Current hospitalizations: 57. Of those hospitalizations, 56 involved individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 and one involved an Alaskan who was still being investigated for virus positivity.
• New deaths: 0.
• Total deaths: 374 Alaskans and seven nonresidents.
• Statewide tests conducted: 2,428,810.
• Statewide risk level: Intermediate.
• Statewide average daily case rate: 9.6.
• Statewide positivity rate across the past seven days: 3.52%.
— Compiled by Daily News Staff Writer Raegan Miller