KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Ketchikan Emergency Operations Center recorded a single new positive COVID-19 test result on Friday, according to an evening update.
"This individual has a history of recent travel and is symptomatic," the press release read.
The contact tracing investigation for the case was completed.
The Friday case marks the 84th travel-related case recorded in Ketchikan, according to the online EOC dashboard.
The EOC also announced in the release the sources of three cases that had been pending investigation from Thursday — two of the cases involved close contacts of known positives, while the third case involved an individual with a history of recent travel.
Two individuals remained hospitalized in PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center's COVID-19 unit on Friday.
Ketchikan has charted a total of 283 COVID-19 cases during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Twenty cases were active as of Friday evening, a drop down from the 22 cases considered active on Thursday, according to the EOC statement.
As of Friday evening, there have been 29,383 COVID-19 tests administered in Ketchikan during the pandemic.
Of those total tests, 14,110 have been conducted at local clinics, 7,996 took place at the Ketchikan International Airport's traveler testing site and 7,277 were administered at the Berth 3 drive-up testing site.
Ketchikan's test positivity rate was 1.94% on Friday, according to the press release.
If Ketchikan's positivity rate rose to 2% or higher, it would be the first time since late November that one of the EOC's thresholds for a move to Community Risk Level 3 (High) would be met.
COVID-19 in Alaska
Alaska's average daily case rate continued to rise slightly on Thursday, moving from 36.57 on Wednesday to 39.05 on Thursday, according to the state's Department of Health and Social Services.
The state's average daily case rate — the average total of new cases tallied per 100,000 population during a 14-day period — determines Alaska's alert status, which has been "high" since September.
The rise in Alaska's average daily case rate came as the state's leading epidemiologists warned of an uptick in cases statewide during this week.
Southern Southeast Alaska has been at an intermediate risk status (areas with an average daily case rate between five and 10) since late December.
But with an average daily case rate of 9.32 on Thursday, the region was close to re-entering the high alert status (areas with an average case rate of 10 or higher).
Thirty-six areas of the state counted new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, according to DHSS' daily case summary released on Friday. Seven of those areas recorded more than 10 positive COVID-19 test results.
As of midnight Thursday, DHSS reported the following COVID-19 statistics:
• New cases on Thursday: 411.
• Areas to record 10 or more cases on Thursday: Anchorage (120), Wasilla (48), Fairbanks (38), the Bethel Census Area (34), the Dillingham Census Area (17), Kusilvak Census Area (16) and the Northwest Arctic Borough (15).
• Southeast Alaska areas with new resident cases recorded by DHSS on Thursday: Juneau (five), Sitka (three), and Ketchikan and the Yakutat plus Hoonah-Angoon Census Area (one apiece).
• Nonresident case locations: Four nonresident cases were counted in unidentified regions on Thursday, two were recorded in Anchorage, and one case per area was counted in Seward and Juneau.
• Cumulative state cases: 49,639 (including 48,063 resident cases and 1,576 nonresident cases).
• Total hospitalizations: 1,095.
• Current hospitalizations: 84. Eighty of those hospitalizations involved Alaskans who were positive for the virus, and four involve individuals who remained under investigation for COVID-19 on Thursday.
• New deaths: 0.
• Total deaths: 222 resident deaths and one nonresident death.
• Statewide tests conducted: 1,337,749.
• Statewide positivity rate across the past seven days: 4.68%.
• COVID-19 vaccinations administered in Alaska as of Thursday: 25,058.