KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Ketchikan Emergency Operations Center counted one new case of COVID-19 involving a symptomatic individual on Wednesday.
The source of the infection was unknown on Wednesday, according to a late afternoon update to the local EOC dashboard.
The contact tracing investigation was ongoing into the case.
Four cases were considered to be active on Wednesday.
No individuals were hospitalized in the COVID-19 unit at PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center.
Results were pending from 20 COVID-19 tests throughout the community, up from 14 pending tests on Tuesday.
A total of 552 COVID-19 tests have been collected in the past seven days, according to the EOC.
The local positivity rate was 1.58%, dropping down from 1.67% on Tuesday.
Two cases of COVID-19 have been tallied in Ketchikan in the past seven days, and 17 positive cases have been counted in the past two weeks, according to the EOC.
As of Wednesday, 677 positive virus test results have been identified in Ketchikan by the EOC.
The Community Risk Level remained at Level 1 (Low).
The Metlakatla Indian Community on Wednesday morning announced that the community's alert level dropped to Level 1.
Metlakatla had been at Community Alert Level 2 since Friday.
According to the MIC update, the community-wide mask and social distancing mandates remain in place while at Community Alert Level 1.
The announcement included "a reminder that not everyone in Metlakatla is fully vaccinated and we are still at risk of COVID-19."
"Please keep aware of the current situation here and in Ketchikan and plan accordingly," the statement continued.
Individuals who travel to Metlakatla through an area designed as high or moderate risk for COVID-19 will be required to quarantine for 10 days unless vaccinated, according to MIC.
As of Wednesday, the Annette Island Service Unit considered Anchorage, Fairbanks, Homer, Kenai, Soldotna, Kotzebue, Kodiak, Palmer, Wasilla, Bethel, the Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Bristol Bay and Lake and Peninsula Borough, Nome Census Area and the North Slope Borough to be high risk areas, along with the Lower 48, Canada, Mexico or other foreign countries.
To date, 48 COVID-19 cases have been counted in Metlakatla, and three were active on Wednesday.
Statewide case information
The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services recorded a total of 55 COVID-19 cases and no new virus deaths on Monday and Tuesday.
Of those cases, 52 were residents and three were nonresidents, according to DHSS information released on Wednesday.
Since the pandemic began, 70,588 total cases of the virus have been tallied in Alaska, DHSS information showed.
The City and Borough of Juneau had the highest vaccination rate in the state on Tuesday, with 69% of those aged 12 and older having received at least one dose of a COVID-19.
"The higher the vaccination rate, the more protected community members are from COVID-19," DHSS' Wednesday statement read.
In the Southern Southeast region — which DHSS defines as including Ketchikan and the Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area – 54% of eligible individuals have received at least one dose of a vaccine.
Statewide, 53% of Alaskans over the age of 12 have received at least one dose, and 48% have been fully vaccinated, according to DHSS.
Alaska remained at the low alert level for the fifth consecutive day on Tuesday, with an average daily case rate of 4.16 — down from 4.53 on Monday.
According to DHSS data, the state's average daily case rate — the average count of newly identified cases per 100,000 population during a two-week period — is the lowest recorded since July 7.
Although Southern Southeast Alaska remained at the high alert level — with an average daily case rate of more than 10 — the region's case rate of 17.34 was the lowest recorded in this region since April 29.
Interior Alaska, with an average daily case rate of 13.22, was the only other region of the state at the high alert level on Tuesday.
As of Tuesday, Northern Southeast had the lowest average daily case rate in the state, dropping from 4.2 on Monday to 2.1 on Tuesday.
Other areas at the low alert level included the Matanuska-Susitna region (4.69), Kenai Peninsula Borough and Southwest the region (both 3.03), Fairbanks North Star Borough (3.01) and the Anchorage Municipality (2.6), according to DHSS.
Regions at the intermediate alert status included the City and Borough of Juneau (6.97), the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta (6.33) and the Northwest region (5.79).
As of midnight Tuesday, DHSS reported the following COVID-19 statistics:
• New cases on Monday and Wednesday: 52 resident cases and three nonresident cases.
• Areas to record 10 or more cases: Anchorage (11).
• Southeast areas with new cases recorded by DHSS: Juneau recorded five cases. Ketchikan, Craig and the Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area tallied one case each.
• Nonresident case locations: Ketchikan, Fairbanks and Wasilla each counted a nonresident case that remained under investigation as to purpose on Wednesday.
• Cumulative state cases: 70,588 (67,763 resident cases and 2,825 nonresident cases).
• Total hospitalizations: 1,636.
• Current hospitalizations: 18, accounting for 2.1% of all hospitalizations in Alaska on Tuesday. Of those hospitalizations, 15 involved COVID-19 positive patients and three involved people who were still being investigated for COVID-19 positivity. Three Alaskans were using ventilators.
• New deaths: 0.
• Total deaths: 362 Alaskans and seven nonresidents.
• Statewide tests conducted: 2,308,186 tests.
• Statewide risk level: Low.
• Statewide average daily case rate: 4.16.
• Statewide positivity rate across the past seven days: 0.92%.
— Compiled by Daily News Staff Writer Raegan Miller