KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Ketchikan Emergency Operations Center on Monday moved the Community Risk Level down to Level 1 (Low) and counted one new case of COVID-19.
A Tuesday afternoon press release from the EOC attributed the shift to a number of community metrics that have improved during the past week.
"We have had no community spread cases in the past seven days," the EOC release states. "The total number of positive cases has declined to 19 in the past 14 days. The positive rate (percent of positive cases based on number of tests issued) has reduced to 1.67%. Because of these factors, the risk level has been lowered to Level 1 — Low."
Ketchikan has not been at Community Risk Level 1 (Low) since April 21, when the EOC shifted to Community Risk Level 2 (Moderate.
The sole case recorded on Tuesday involved a traveler who was not staying in Ketchikan, per the EOC.
One individual was hospitalized in PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center's COVID-19 Unit on Tuesday, according to the release.
Results were pending from 14 local tests, down from 40 pending tests.
Five cases were considered to be active infections.
To date, 676 cases have been recorded by the EOC in Ketchikan.
Several free vaccination clinics are scheduled in Ketchikan throughout the month, according to the EOC statement.
Weekly "Moderna Monday" Ketchikan Public Health vaccination clinics are set for 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. at the Public Health Center at 605 Gateway Court.
Public Health also will hold weekly "Pfizer Friday" vaccination clinics at the clinic from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
Pfizer vaccination clinics (for individuals aged 12 and older) are set for 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday at The Plaza mall and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday the Sunny Point Conference Center. The clinics are sponsored by the First City Rotary and the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce, according to the EOC.
A Moderna vaccination clinic sponsored by Southeast Alaska Independent Living is slated for 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Suite 222 at The Plaza mall on Monday.
According to the release, at least 10 appointments must be made to hold the clinic. Appointments can be made by calling 907-204-0918.
More information about local vaccination options can be found at www.kgbak.us/covidvax.
Prince of Wales Island update
Two new virus cases were identified on Prince of Wales Island on Monday, and one virus-related death involving an island resident was reported, according to a Tuesday press release from the Craig Emergency Operations Center.
The deceased was a resident of a POW community with less than 1,000 people, and was reported by public health officials on Sunday, according to the Craig EOC statement.
One of the two Monday cases involves a Craig resident.
"The new Craig case has been attributed to secondary spread from a known positive case," the release read. "This individual has been in quarantine and presents a low risk. The other case on POW is still under investigation."
The second case involves an individual in a POW community with less than 1,000 residents. The case remained under investigation on Tuesday.
As of Tuesday, 17 cases were active on POW.
The state Department of Health and Social Services, in partnership with Capstone Clinics, will host drive-up test and vaccination clinics across POW.
The clinics are set to operate throughout the next week, including:
• A clinic from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the Alicia Roberts Medical Center in Klawock.
• A clinic from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday at Hydaburg's school.
• A clinic from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Craig High School.
• A clinic from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday at Thorne Bay School.
The release noted that the "Pfizer vaccine will be available at all clinics for all persons aged 12 and up."
— Compiled by Daily News Staff Writer Raegan Miller