KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Two new positive test results for COVID-19 involving travelers were announced early Monday evening by the Ketchikan Emergency Operations Center.
One of the individuals arrived in Ketchikan on Thursday and was tested at the traveler testing site before continuing on to another location. The EOC, which did not identify the location, indicated that the traveler had been notified of the positive test result.
The second person arrived in Ketchikan on Saturday, according to the EOC. The individual was notified of the positive result and instructed to isolate. The person did not have symptoms on Monday, and is being monitored by health care providers.
The cases announced Monday raise Ketchikan’s cumulative total to 46, 41 of which involve Ketchikan residents or travelers who were staying in Ketchikan. Ten of those 41 cases were active on Monday, although no one was hospitalized locally for COVID-19 that day, according to the EOC. Five of the 46 cases involved residents or travelers who were not staying in Ketchikan.
According to the Ketchikan EOC dashboard updated at 5 p.m. Monday, a total of 8,611 tests had been administerd in Ketchikan. Results were pending on 235 tests.
Statewide, 104 new cases of COVID-19 — in addition to one death of an Alaskan and one new hospitalization — were announced Monday by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.
The death involved a man from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, who died from COVID-19 Sunday at an Anchorage hospital, according to a press release from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp.
After receiving a positive COVID-19 test result in Bethel, the man was in isolation in the Yukon-Kuskokwim area. He was later medevaced to an Anchorage hospital after his condition became worse.
The YKHC stated it was the first death and hospitalization to be recorded from that area. Alaska's total number of COVID-19 deaths stood at 21 as of midnight Sunday, according to DHSS data.
Alaska’s statewide count of 104 new cases recorded Sunday included 98 residents and six nonresidents.
Anchorage accounted for 60 of the 98 resident cases announced Sunday, according to DHSS.
Other areas to count multiple cases on Sunday included Palmer (four); Eagle River, Fairbanks, Wasilla, Utqiagvik, Juneau and the Northwest Arctic Borough (three each); and Kenai, Kotzebue and Sitka (two each).
Areas that tallied one case on Sunday included Chugiak, Homer, Soldotna, Cordova, Willow, Craig, Unalaska, the Kusilvak Census Area, the Valdez-Cordova Census Area, and Yakutat and Hoonah-Angoon.
The total number of resident COVID-19 cases is 2,622, according to DHSS. Of these cases, 1,784 are classified as active as of midnight Sunday, another record.
Of the six nonresident cases recorded Sunday, four occurred in undisclosed areas, according to the DHSS. One nonresident case from Ketchikan was counted in Sunday's DHSS case summary, which did not provide an industry or travel status other than “unknown.”
Anchorage tallied one nonresident case, involving a seafood industry worker.
The cumulative count of hospitalizations for COVID-19 in Alaska stood at 116 at the end of Sunday, after one new hospitalization was recorded that day. Thirty-eight individuals are currently hospitalized as either COVID-19 positive or under investigation for COVID-19, according to DHSS.