KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Ketchikan Public Health officials charted eight new cases in the community on Tuesday, according to the online virus data dashboard.
As of Tuesday afternoon, 68 cases were considered active in Ketchikan, the dashboard showed.
One individual was hospitalized in PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center's COVID-19 unit.
Ketchikan health officials have counted 62 cases in the past seven days and 111 cases in the past 14 days.
Ketchikan's seven-day average of newly reported cases per 100,000 people was 453.82 on Tuesday, according to the dashboard.
Ketchikan High School volleyball update
An upcoming series of volleyball matches that would have sent the Kayhi Lady Kings team to Juneau this weekend was canceled earlier this week.
"This upcoming weekend's volleyball trip to Juneau (during which Kayhi's volleyball team was scheduled to play both the Thunder Mountain and Juneau-Douglas volleyball teams) has been cancelled, and a rescheduling is pending (the activities directors are working out the schedule)," Linnaea Troina, the Ketchikan School District's COVID-19 communications and public relations director wrote to the Daily News on Tuesday afternoon. "The volleyball team currently has players who have screened positive for COVID."
Kayhi Principal Jason House sent a letter to students and families on Monday afternoon, reporting six new cases associated with the school.
Troina confirmed that the six cases are "related to each other" in her email to the Daily News. "Some of them are related to the volleyball team," Troina wrote.
The games with Juneau-Douglas High School and Thunder Mountain High School were originally scheduled for Wednesday-Thursday and Friday-Saturday, respectively, according to the Kayhi website.
Prince of Wales Island update
Health officials on Prince of Wales Island reported one COVID-19 case between Friday evening and late Monday afternoon, according to a message recorded on the Craig Public Health COVID-19 hotline.
"The new case is a resident in a community with less than 1,000 people," the message stated. "The case investigation has not yet been completed."
As of Monday afternoon, five of the island's 410 total cases were still active.
Statewide case information
The state Department of Health and Social Services on Monday reported 871 new cases — 835 involving Alaskans and 36 involving nonresidents — and three new virus-related deaths, all involving Alaska residents.
The deceased Alaskans include an Anchorage woman in her 40s, a Soldotna man in his 70s and a Northwest Arctic Borough man in his 70s, according to a Tuesday evening case statement from DHSS.
To date, 260 Anchorage residents, 15 Soldotna residents and five Northwest Arctic Borough residents have died of COVID-19, according to online DHSS data.
The deaths bring the state's virus death toll up to 561 Alaskans during the pandemic thus far. Twenty-one nonresidents also have died in the state.
Areas with 10 or more cases reported on Monday were Anchorage (240). Fairbanks (102), Wasilla (96), the Bethel Census Area (58), Palmer (45), Kodiak (32), North Pole (29), Kenai (28), Eagle River (24), the Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area (17), Soldotna and Juneau (15 each) and Ketchikan (12), according to DHSS.
Additional cases were recorded in Petersburg and Yakutat plus Hoonah-Angoon (four each) and Sitka (two).
The 36 nonresident cases were logged in Wasilla (nine); Anchorage and Juneau (five apiece); Ketchikan (three); the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Yakutat plus Hoonah-Angoon and Fairbanks (two each); and Kenai, Valdez, the Aleutians East Borough and the Bristol Bay plus Lake and Peninsula Borough (one apiece). Four nonresident cases were still being investigated.
On Oct. 4 last year, DHSS reported what was then a record-breaking 197 new cases. It also was the 12th consecutive day of triple-digit case numbers. More recently, Alaska has been seeing daily case counts of more than 100 cases since mid-summer this year.
Hospital status update
For the first time in more than three weeks, fewer than 200 patients were hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 cases. As of midnight Monday, 194 Alaskans were hospitalized with confirmed virus cases. Another 14 were hospitalized with suspected cases, according to DHSS.
Thirty-eight individuals were using ventilators while in hospitals.
Hospital capacity continued to be tight around the state on Tuesday, with just 19 adult-level intensive care unit beds available, from a total of 116, according to DHSS.
ICUS were listed as "closed" on a DHSS hospital status dashboard at three hospitals — Alaska Regional Hospital, Central Peninsula Hospital and Mat-Su Regional Hospital.
Four other facilities reported "near capacity" ICUs, including Providence Alaska Medical Center, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, St. Elias Hospital and the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson hospital, according to DHSS.
Adult-level ICUs were listed as "open" at Alaska Native Medical Center, Bartlett Regional Hospital, PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center, Bassett Army Community Hospital and Southern Peninsula Hospital.
— Compiled by Daily News Staff Writer Raegan Miller