KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Ketchikan Emergency Operations Center recorded two new COVID-19 cases since its last update on Friday — one on Saturday and one on Monday.

The Saturday case involved a symptomatic, unvaccinated individual who became infected through community spread, according to a Monday evening update of the EOC's online data dashboard. A contact tracing investigation for the case was completed. It was the 142nd case of community spread recorded in Ketchikan during the pandemic to date, the dashboard showed.

The case recorded on Monday involved a symptomatic, vaccinated individual with ties to a local congregate setting. A contact tracing investigation, as well as an investigation as to the source of the infection, was ongoing as of Monday evening.

Five cases were considered active, according to the EOC.

To date, the EOC has charted 697 COVID-19 cases.

No individuals were hospitalized in the COVID-19 unit at PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center.

Results were pending from 10 tests throughout the community, according to the EOC. The local 14-day test positivity rate rose from 2.07% moving into the weekend to 2.45% on Monday.

The EOC dashboard showed on Monday that 141 local COVID-19 tests had been conducted in Ketchikan in the previous seven days.

Ketchikan's Community Risk Level maintained at Level 1 (Low) on Monday.

"Sleeves up for Summer"


Alaska had completed 50% of its "Sleeves up for Summer" vaccination program goal as of Monday afternoon.

The program aims to increase Alaska's vaccination rate by upping the vaccination rate of each borough or census area by 25%, according to the "Sleeves up for Summer" dashboard on Monday.

Since the program began in early May, 70,282 Alaskans of the target 141,518 individuals have been vaccinated.

Two areas —the Aleutians East Borough and the Bristol Bay and Lake and Peninsula Boroughs — have met their program goal, according to the "Sleeves up for Summer" dashboard.

The Kusilvak Census Area was the region of the state closest to completing its goal as of Monday, with 91% of progress made, according to the dashboard. Of the targeted 1,324 individuals to be vaccinated in the Kusilvak Census Area, 1,185 had received a shot.

As of Monday, the Ketchikan Gateway Borough was 63% complete with its "Sleeves up for Summer goal." According to the campaign dashboard, 1,723 Ketchikan residents have been vaccinated since the start of the campaign. To meet the goal of a 25% vaccination increase, 1,029 more residents would be vaccinated.

Statewide case information

Alaska's recent uptick in coronavirus cases continued over the weekend, with 456 total new cases recorded on Friday, Saturday and Sunday combined as the state moved to the high virus alert level.

According to a Monday afternoon statement from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, 436 of the cases involved Alaskans.

The state's total tally of nonresident cases rose past 3,000, with 20 new nonresident cases recorded over the weekend.

Of the resident cases, 167 were recorded on Friday, 187 — a high not seen since April — were counted on Saturday, and 82 were tallied on Sunday, per the DHSS statement.

Virus-related hospitalizations made up 6.2% of all hospitalizations in Alaska on Sunday, with 69 Alaskans hospitalized for COVID-19 related reasons, according to DHSS.

Alaska had come down from the high COVID-19 alert level on May 19, and on Friday, moved back to that status, with an average count of 12.7 new cases per 100,000 people during a two-week period, according to DHSS.

Most regions of the state also saw a slight increase in case rates over the weekend, with the Northern Southeast region (Sitka, Haines, Wrangell, Petersburg, Yakutat and Skagway) recording the highest average daily case rate in the state — 51.1 — as of Sunday. The rate also was a new high for the region.

Along with Northern Southeast, four other areas also were at the high alert level — the Interior region (19.4), Kenai Peninsula Borough (18.7), Anchorage Municipality (17.3) and the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta (12.4), according to DHSS information.

Areas at the intermediate alert level included the City and Borough of Juneau (6.7), the Southwest region (6.3) and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough (5.5).

All other regions of Alaska were at the low COVID-19 alert level — Southern Southeast (4.00), the Northwest region (2.6) and the Fairbanks North Star Borough (2.4).

The City and Borough of Juneau had the highest vaccination rate in the state, as of Sunday, with 73% of residents having received at least one dose, according to DHSS' statement.

The Northern Southeast region had a 68% vaccination rate, the second-highest in Alaska.

"Choosing to get vaccinated is the single most important action you can take to protect yourself and your community and to reopen our economy," the DHSS statement read.

About 57% of eligible Alaskans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

As of midnight Sunday, DHSS reported the following COVID-19 statistics:

• New cases on Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 436 resident cases and 20 nonresident cases (457 total).  

• Areas to record 10 or more resident cases: Anchorage (221), Sitka (36), Wasilla (21), Eagle River (17), Soldotna and Juneau (15 apiece), Cordova (14) and Homer (12),

• Southeast areas with new resident cases recorded by DHSS: Petersburg recorded four cases. Skagway, Douglas and Wrangell each counted one.

• Nonresident case locations: Anchorage (nine), Juneau (six) and Cordova, Fairbanks and Soldotna (one each). Two cases were still under investigation as to location.

• Cumulative state cases: 72,899 (69,891 resident cases and 3,008 nonresident cases).

• Total hospitalizations: 1,722.

• Current hospitalizations: 69, with 12 hospitalized Alaskans using ventilators. All but one of the 69 cases involve COVID-19 positive hospitalizations. The other case involved an individual who was still being investigated for virus positivity.

• New deaths: 0.

• Total deaths: 374 Alaskans and seven nonresidents.

• Statewide tests conducted: 2,437,301.

• Statewide risk level: High.

• Statewide average daily case rate: 12.7.

• Statewide positivity rate across the past seven days: 4.88%.

— Compiled by Daily News Staff Writer Raegan Miller