KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Local public health officials on Tuesday logged nine new COVID-19 cases on the community's virus information dashboard.

The newly identified cases bumped Ketchikan's total number of active cases to 72 as of Tuesday evening, according to the Ketchikan Public Health COVID-19 dashboard.

A separate dashboard managed by PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center did not list anyone as hospitalized due to the virus in the facility.

The KPH dashboard can be accessed at

Metlakatla update

Out of the 24 COVID-19 tests administered in Metlakatla on Tuesday, three returned positive results, according to a Tuesday evening notice from the Metlakatla Indian Community.

One case was reclassified as recovered, leaving 28 cases active in the community.

Metlakatla remained at Community Alert Level 3 on Tuesday.

"Bear with us as we work with the Annette Island Service Unit on updating mandates based on new science and a status of ongoing community mitigation readiness," the notice stated.

Since the start of the pandemic, 111 cases have been identified in Metlakatla, according to MIC.

Upcoming local vaccination clinics

COVID-19 and flu vaccine clinics are planned for Saturday and Dec. 4, according to a flyer sent to the Daily News by Ketchikan Public Health.

Both clinics are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Houghtaling Elementary School.

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines will be available for ages 12 and older. Pediatric doses of the Pfizer vaccine also will be available for those aged 5 to 11 years old, according to the information.

Pfizer boosters for eligible individuals, as well as third doses for immunocompromised individuals, will be available.

Flu vaccines will be available for individuals over the age of six months old, according to the information.

Information about the criteria for individuals eligible for boosters and third doses can be found at or

Statewide case information

A day after announcing more than 50 COVID-19 related deaths, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services on Monday reported another 28 resident virus deaths and 388 new cases.

The deaths were all identified through the review of death certificates, according to a late afternoon case statement from the department.

"These deaths occurred from August through October, with the most fatalities in October," the statement read.

The 50 resident deaths reported on Sunday mostly occurred in September, according to the department.

The 28 deaths announced on Monday occurred in Wasilla (eight); Fairbanks and Palmer (six each); Anchorage (two); and Juneau, Kodiak, Homer, Soldotna, Kotzebue and the Dillingham Census Area (one each).

Fifteen of the deceased Alaskans were men and 13 were women, according to the statement.

Of the deceased, 10 were aged 80 or older, six were in their 70s, eight were in their 60s and four were in their 50s.

Of the 388 new cases of COVID-19 reported Monday, all but two cases — nonresident cases counted in Fairbanks and Anchorage — involved Alaska residents.

Areas with 10 or more new resident cases tallied by DHSS on Monday included Anchorage (108), the Greater Wasilla Area (81), Fairbanks (30), the Greater Palmer Area (25), Nome (23), the Bethel Census Area (22) and Eagle River (12).

Southeast communities to count new cases included Juneau (seven), Ketchikan and Wrangell (three apiece) and Sitka (one), according to the department's information.

As of midnight Monday, about 59% of Alaskans aged five and older had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and about 54% of those over the age of five were considered fully vaccinated.

Hospital status information

Although the number of COVID-19 related hospitalizations around the state on Monday was lower than it has been in the past month, the virus made up more than 14% of all hospitalizations reported in Alaska that day.

A total of 147 people were hospitalized due to COVID-19 — 142 with confirmed virus cases and five who were still being investigated for the virus, according to DHSS.

Due to both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients, intensive care units were closed at Alaska Native Medical Center, Providence Alaska Medical Center and Mat-Su Regional Medical Center, according to a DHSS-managed hospital information dashboard.

Alaska Regional Hospital and Central Peninsula Hospital were both near capacity.

Bartlett Regional Medical Center was shown to have an open ICU on the dashboard. Other large medical facilities did not provide status updates to the DHSS dashboard on Tuesday.

In the Anchorage area, 11 out of 67 adult-level ICU beds were available, according to online DHSS information.

No ICU beds were available in the Mat-Su region. Six out of 13 beds were open in Gulf Coast area hospitals, and four of 13 beds were available in the Interior area.

In Southeast, eight of 15 ICU beds were unfilled, according to DHSS.

— Compiled by Daily News Staff Writer Raegan Miller