KETCHIKAN (KDN) – Three new positive COVID-19 test results — all involving individuals identified as a close contact of a known positive — were recorded Thursday in Ketchikan by the local Emergency Operations Center.
One individual also was admitted to the COVID-19 unit at PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center on Thursday, according to the Thursday EOC press release.
Two of the cases recorded on Thursday involved asymptomatic individuals, while the third case involved a symptomatic person.
"One contact investigation remains ongoing," the release read. "During the contact investigation, Public Health will coordinate with the positive person to reach out to anyone who may be a close contact and instruct them to quarantine."
As of the Thursday evening EOC update, 19 of Ketchikan's 448 total coronavirus cases were still considered to be active.
The local positivity rate dropped from 2.29% on Wednesday to 2.17% on Thursday, the dashboard showed.
Results were pending from 44 local virus tests on Thursday — up from 29 pending tests the past two days.
Tests administered on or before Saturday at the Berth 3 drive-up testing site had been processed as of Thursday evening. Anyone who was tested at that time and had yet to be contacted by public health officials on Thursday received a negative result, according to the EOC.
PeaceHealth also joined the "Get the Vaccine to Save Lives" initiative, a collection of 60 nationwide hospitals focusing on a "nationwide campaign to encourage adults to get vaccinated," according to a PeaceHealth press release issued alongside the EOC update.
"The campaign hopes to reach adults who are hesitant to receive a vaccine, including racial and minority ethnic groups and people living in rural communities," the release read.
According to the PeaceHealth statement, the organization — with hospitals in Washington, Oregon and Alaska — has administered 151,000 doses of coronavirus vaccinations since the national distribution effort began in December.
The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services' vaccine data dashboard on Thursday showed that 38.7% of Alaskans had received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine. About 33.8% of Alaskans have been fully vaccinated.
In total, 533,349 doses of coronavirus vaccines have been administered in Alaska through DHSS and the state Departments of Defense and Veteran’s Affairs, per DHSS.