KETCHIKAN (KDN) — No new positive COVID-19 test results were recorded in Ketchikan on Thursday, and only two cases were considered active by the local Emergency Operations Center that evening.
The single case counted by the EOC on Wednesday was found to be a case of community spread, according to the latest update to the EOC dashboard on Thursday.
Of Ketchikan's 676 cases, 132 have been linked to community spread, according to EOC information. Only one positive case has been identified in Ketchikan during the past seven days. The EOC has tallied 15 positive virus test results within the past two weeks.
Results were pending from 44 virus tests — up from 20 tests on Wednesday —throughout the community on Thursday evening, the dashboard displayed.
Tests conducted on or before Tuesday at the Berth 3 drive-up testing site had been processed by Thursday. Anyone who was tested at that time and had not been contacted by public health officials received a negative test result, according to the EOC.
The local test positivity rate fell from 1.58% to 1.39% on Thursday.
The COVID-19 unit at PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center was empty as of Thursday's dashboard update.
About 52% of Ketchikan residents have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to the dashboard.
About 61% of residents aged 12 and older and 80% of residents aged 65 or older have received at least one dose.
Prince of Wales Island update
The Craig Emergency Operations Center has detected one new case of COVID-19 in Craig, according to a late Wednesday afternoon press release.
"The new Craig case has been attributed to secondary spread from a known positive case," according to the release. "This individual has been in quarantine and presents a low risk."
As of Wednesday, 18 cases were active on Prince of Wales Island.
"Please continue to observe good mitigation measures," the release states. "Wear face coverings in public settings, maintain a physical distance of six feet or more from non-household members, wash your hands, keep social bubbles small, seek testing even with mild symptoms and get vaccinated for those 16 years or age and older."