KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Ketchikan Public Health officials on Monday logged 27 new cases on the community information dashboard, representing cases counted between Thursday and Monday evening due to the New Year's holiday.

The dashboard showed a total of 35 active cases as of its latest update at 4:22 p.m. Monday.

Both the public health-managed dashboard and a separate PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center dashboard, which reports the previous day's hospitalizations by 11 a.m. the following day, showed four people were hospitalized on Monday.

In the past seven days, Ketchikan Public Health officials have counted 53 new cases, and in the past two weeks, 102 cases have been counted, the dashboard showed.

The full Ketchikan Public Health information dashboard can be accessed at www.kgbak.us/913/COVID-19-Response.

Publlic health officials usually update the dashboard on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. An update was not made to to the dashboard on Friday due to the New Year's Eve holiday.

Metlakatla update

The Annette Island Service Unit reported that 18 of 33 COVID-19 tests conducted in Metlakatla on Monday returned positive results, prompting the community to move to Risk Level 2 - Moderate, according to a Monday evening statement from the Metlakatla Indian Community.

As of Monday evening, 21 cases were active in Metlakatla.

The notice read that "if you feel any cold-like symptoms, isolate yourself and call A.I.S.U to get tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible."

Since the start of the pandemic, 172 cases have been counted in Metlakatla, according to MIC.

Three cases also were reported on Saturday.

Prince of Wales Island update

Health officials on Prince of Wales Island reported four new COVID-19 cases between Dec. 27 and Thursday, according to a message recorded late that afternoon on the Craig Public Health COVID-19 information hotline.

One of the cases involved a nonresident in Craig, and was deemed travel related, according to the hotline.

The other three cases involve residents of POW communities with fewer than 1,000 residents — two connected to community spread and one found to be travel-related.

Since the start of the pandemic, 467 cases have been logged on POW.

Six were active as of Thursday afternoon, according to Craig Public Health.

Statewide case information

Between Wednesday and Sunday, the Alaska Department and Health and Social Services logged more than 2,800 COVID-19 infections around the state, sending most regions of Alaska into the high virus alert level as the overall positivity rate increased to a record-high 12.78%, even as hospitalizations remained lower than seen in several months.

DHSS identified 2,746 new resident virus cases and 126 nonresident cases between Wednesday and Sunday, according to a Monday afternoon case statement published by the department.

Of the resident cases, 560 were counted on Wednesday, 804 were counted on Thursday, 271 were identified Friday, 910 were reported Saturday, and 201 were tallied on Sunday.

Areas with 10 or more new resident cases reported between Wednesday and Sunday were Anchorage (1,493); the Greater Wasilla Area (231); Juneau (184); Eagle River (143); Fairbanks (113); the Greater Palmer Area (75); Sitka (40); Kodiak (33); North Pole (31); Chugiak (30); the Northwest Arctic Borough (29); Ketchikan (26); the Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area (21); Haines (20); Utqiagvik (19); Nome (18); Homer (14); Girdwood (13); Bethel, Kenai, Soldotna and the North Slope Borough (12 apiece); the Bethel Census Area, Kotzebue and the Kenai Peninsula Borough North (11 each); and Tok (10).

Other Southeast communities to count new cases during that timeframe included Yakutat plus Hoonah-Angoon (three), the Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area (two), and Metlakatla and Skagway (one apiece), according to the DHSS statement.

Nonresident cases were charted in Anchorage (64); Wasilla (16); Fairbanks (10); Kodiak (nine); Juneau (six); Delta Junction, Eagle River, Kenai, Homer, Ketchikan, Kotzebue and Sitka (two each); and Palmer, Prudhoe Bay and Unalaska (one each).

Two cases were still being investigated for location, per DHSS' information.

DHSS also announced one nonresident death, involving a man in his 50s in Fairbanks, according to the statement. To date, 32 nonresidents have died within Alaska.

To date, 154,369 resident cases have been counted in Alaska during the pandemic, in addition to 5,270 nonresident cases.

Compared to this past week, the new batch of cases represents a 262% increase in reported infections.

Alaska's test positivity rate was measured as 12.8% on Sunday, the highest seen in the state during the pandemic so far.

In the past seven days, more than 27,000 COVID-19 tests have been performed around the state.

The state's average count of newly identified cases per 100,000 population over seven days was 506.1 on Sunday. While Alaska's average daily case rate had been slowly declining since mid-fall, Sunday's rate was the highest recorded since early November.

The Haines Borough had the highest average daily case rate in Alaska on Sunday, measuring at 1,269.8, the dashboard showed.

Omicron update

Since DHSS' last dashboard update on Wednesday, one additional case of the omicron virus variant has been detected, according to a dashboard maintained by DHSS and the Alaska State Virology Lab.

That brings Alaska's total of reported omicron cases to seven, with all seven cases concentrated in the Anchorage or Mat-Su Valley areas. A map on the dashboard showed that no omicron cases had been detected in the Southeast region as of Sunday.

Not every positive COVID-19 test sample is sequenced by state health officials, and sequencing must be done in batches, and can take up to two weeks to return results.

Omicron was first identified in the state on Nov. 29, according to the dashboard.

"Protective measures against the omicron variant remain the same as for the other COVID variants," read the Monday statement from DHSS. "Layering protecting measures, including masking, handwashing, physical distancing, and testing help to reduce transmission of the COVID-19 virus."

Delta remained dominant in the state on Sunday, with 6,251 cases having been sequenced by public health officials since the first detection in May.

Vaccination update

About 67.8% of eligible Alaskans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to online DHSS information, while just more than 60% were considered fully vaccinated as of midnight Sunday.

Just more than 55% of Alaskans between the ages of 12 and 18 have received at least one dose of a vaccine, and 49.8% were fully vaccinated by Sunday.

As of midnight Sunday, 21.8% of Alaskans between the ages of 5 and 11 had received at least one vaccine dose, and 15.5% were fully vaccinated, according to information on DHSS' "Sleeves up for School" dashboard.

About 22% of eligible Alaskans had received a booster dose by Sunday.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, individuals eligible for booster shots include those aged between 12 and 17, who may receive a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine five months after their primary series, or anyone 18 and older, who may receive either the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson Janssen booster jab.

Four Southeast communities claimed the highest rates of residents who have received a booster — Yakutat plus Hoonah-Angoon (39%), the City and Borough of Sitka (38%), and the Skagway Municipality and the City and Borough of Juneau (both 36%), according to online DHSS data.

DHSS' dashboard showed that 25% of eligible individuals in Ketchikan have received a booster, and that a total of 71% have received at least one dose in their primary vaccination series. Ketchikan's percentage of residents with booster doses ranked just below the Northwest Arctic Borough (25%) but higher than the Anchorage Municipality (24%).

In the Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area, 23% of residents have received a booster dose, and 69% have at least one dose of their primary series — ranking just above the Valdez-Cordova Census Area (24%) and below the Kusilvak Census Area (22%).

DHSS' Monday case statement listed the rates of residents who are fully vaccinated in each region as:

• Juneau: 77.8%.

• The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: 73.5%.

• Northern Southeast (Wrangell, Petersburg, Sitka, Yakutat plus Hoonah-Angoon, Skagway, Haines): 72.5%.

• Southwest Alaska: 67.1%.

• Southern Southeast (Ketchikan and the Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area): 64.9%.

• Anchorage: 62.1%.

• Northwest Alaska: 59.3%.

• Interior Alaska: 57.4%.

• Fairbanks North Star Borough: 49.5%.

• Kenai Peninsula: 47.9%.

• Matanuska-Susitna region: 40.6%.

Hospital status update

Fifty-five individuals were hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 cases around the state on Sunday, according to the DHSS information. Another two individuals were hospitalized with suspected cases.

COVID-19 accounted for 4.7% of all hospitalizations in Alaska on Sunday.

Since the start of the pandemic, 3,269 Alaskans have been hospitalized due to COVID-19.

Adult-level intensive care units were closed at the Alaska Native Medical Center, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and Mat-Su Regional Medical Center on Monday, according to updates shown on the DHSS-maintained hospital information dashboard.

ICUs were near capacity at Alaska Regional Hospital and Providence Alaska Medical Center, and open at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson Hospital and Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Updates from several Southeast health care facilities, including those in Ketchikan, Wrangell, Sitka and Petersburg, were not posted on the dashboard.

— Compiled by Daily News Staff Writer Raegan Miller