KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Ketchikan Emergency Operations Center did not record any new COVID-19 cases during the weekend or on Monday.
Two individuals were hospitalized in the COVID-19 unit at PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center on Monday, according to an evening update of the EOC data dashboard. The two hospitalizations accounted for 15.38% of the unit's baseline capacity.
Ketchikan's total of active cases dropped from 14 on Friday to seven as of Monday.
The local test positivity rate was 1.84% on Monday, a dip from 2.24% on Friday, according to the dashboard.
Results were pending from 40 COVID-19 tests throughout the community as of Monday evening. To date, 45,595 local virus tests have been administered.
In total, 662 COVID-19 cases have been tallied in Ketchikan to date. Of those cases, 382 involved close contact with a known positive, 135 were deemed community spread, 121 were due to recent travel, 12 were within congregate industry settings, and 24 were lost to contact, the dashboard showed.
No cases were under investigation by the EOC on Monday.
Ketchikan's Community Risk Level remained at Level 2 (Moderate).
No new virus cases were identified in Metlakatla by the Annette Island Service Unit over the weekend, according to a Monday afternoon statement from Metlakatla Indian Community.
Three cases were active in Metlakatla as of Monday.
Metlakatla was at Community Alert Level 2 on Monday, with masks and social distancing being mandatory in public areas, gatherings limited to up to 10 people and no lockdown in place, according to MIC.
"Continue to work together and follow personal safety precautions to help prevent the spread of the virus," the MIC statement read.
As of Monday, 48 positive COVID-19 test results have been recorded in Metlakatla.
Statewide case information
Only 50 cases of COVID-19 were recorded throughout Alaska from Friday through Sunday, with Sunday's case total of eight cases being the first time in more than a year that cases dropped from double-digits.
According to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, 19 cases were tallied on Friday, 22 were counted on Saturday and only nine were recorded Sunday.
Alaska has not seen a day with a single-digit case count since June 6, 2020, when eight cases were recorded in four communities.
And for the first time in nearly a year, Alaska overall dropped into the low COVID-19 alert level, according to DHSS' Monday statement.
Alaska's overall average daily case rate — the average total of new infections per 100,000 people — was 4.62 on Sunday. That falls within the framework of the low alert level for the first time since July 9, when the state's average daily case rate was 4.72.
After July 9, the state moved into the intermediate alert level until the end of that month, and then was at the high alert status until late May.
Seven regions of Alaska also were at the low alert level on Sunday, according to DHSS.
Those regions included the Matanuska-Susitna region (4.73), Northwest Arctic region (4.48), Northern Southeast (4.2), the Fairbanks North Star Borough (3.9), Southwest Alaska (3.54) and the Anchorage Municipality (2.99, the lowest average daily case rate in the state).
Southern Southeast Alaska remained at the high alert level on Sunday, with an average daily case rate of 19.15 — the highest recorded in Alaska that day, per DHSS.
Southern Southeast has been at the high alert status since April 24.
As of midnight Sunday, DHSS reported the following COVID-19 statistics:
• New cases on Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 49 resident cases and one nonresident case.
• Southeast areas with new cases recorded by DHSS: Juneau and the Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area each tallied two cases. Sitka counted one.
• Nonresident case locations: Utqiagvik counted one nonresident case.
• Cumulative state cases: 70,520 (67,698 resident cases and 2,822 nonresident cases).
• Total hospitalizations: 1,629.
• Current hospitalizations: 23, with all except for two of those hospitalizations involving individuals who had tested positive for COVID-19. The other two hospitalizations involved individuals who were still being investigated for virus positivity.
• New deaths: 362 resident deaths and seven nonresident deaths.
• Total deaths: 0.
• Statewide tests conducted: 2,300,710.
• Statewide risk level: Low.
• Statewide average daily case rate: 4.62.
• Statewide positivity rate across the past seven days: 0.87%.
Sleeves up for Summer update
Alaska's "Sleeves up for Summer" campaign is ongoing, having started in May as a program with a goal of increasing every borough and census area's vaccination rate by 25%.
Through the campaign thus far, 49,393 Alaskans have been vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to DHSS' Sleeves up for Summer dashboard. To meet the campaign's goal, 92,247 more vaccinations will need to be administered in the state.
The Ketchikan Gateway Borough has accomplished 40% of its "Sleeves up for Summer" goal as of Monday afternoon, the DHSS dashboard showed. Since the campaign began in May, 1,109 residents have received a COVID-19 vaccine.
— Compiled by Daily News Staff Writer Raegan Miller