KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Ketchikan Public Health officials reported four new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, the lowest single-day case count since Sept. 23, when three cases were reported.
Ketchikan's virus data dashboard, maintained by Public Health, showed that two individuals were in the COVID-19 unit at PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center.
As of late Tuesday afternoon, 59 local cases were considered to be active.
The community's seven-day average of newly counted cases per 100,000 people was measured 365.58 on Tuesday, according to the dashboard.
One year ago, on Oct. 12, 2020, one case was reported by the Ketchikan Emergency Operations Center, bringing the community's cumulative case count to 79 at that time.
To date, 1,474 cases have been counted in Ketchikan.
Statewide case information
The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services on Monday recorded 475 COVID-19 cases and 16 virus-related deaths, all involving Alaska residents.
"All 16 Alaska residents who died were recent," according to a case statement published by DHSS on Tuesday afternoon.
Ten of the deaths involved Anchorage residents, including a man in his 20s, a woman in her 30s, a man in his 40s, two men in their 50s, a woman in her 50s, two men in their 60s, a man in his 70s and a man aged 80 or older.
Three of the deaths involved Fairbanks men, two in their 60s and one in his 40s, according to the statement.
Two Kenai residents — a man in his 50s and a man in his 60s — and a Cordova woman in her 60s also died of COVID-19.
To date, 590 resident COVID-19 deaths have been counted in Alaska. That includes 275 Anchorage residents, 53 Fairbanks residents, 13 Kenai residents and two Cordova residents, according to online DHSS data.
Of the 475 cases logged on Monday, 464 involved state residents and 11 involved nonresidents, according to DHSS.
Areas with new resident cases recorded by DHSS on Monday were Anchorage (172); the Bethel Census Area (51); Juneau (31); Fairbanks (25); Wasilla (20); the Kusilvak Census Area (14); and Soldotna, Kodiak, the Dillingham Census Area and the combined Bristol Bay plus Lake and Peninsula Borough (10 apiece).
Resident cases also were recorded in Ketchikan (six); Petersburg and Yakutat plus Hoonah-Angoon (five); Metlakatla, Craig and Sitka (two each); and the Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area (one), according to DHSS.
Six nonresident cases were linked to Juneau, while one case per community was recorded in Fairbanks, Ketchikan, Juneau, Prudhoe Bay and Wasilla.
Four of Alaska's largest health care facilities reported adult-level intensive care units that were closed as of Tuesday, according to a DHSS hospital dashboard.
Those facilities included Alaska Regional Hospital, Providence Alaska Medical Center, Central Peninsula Hospital and Mat-Su Regional Medical Center.
ICUs were "near capacity" at Alaska Native Medical Center, Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson hospital, St. Elias Hospital and Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.
The adult ICU at PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center was listed as open, as well as the other intensive units at Bartlett Regional Hospital, Southern Peninsula Hospital and Bassett Army Community Hospital, according to DHSS.
COVID-19 related hospitalizations made up 18.8% of all hospitalizations around Alaska on Monday, per DHSS. There were 186 individuals hospitalized with confirmed virus cases that day, while another 13 were hospitalized while under investigation for positivity.
A total of 44 contracted health care workers working temporarily in the state to assist hospitals during ongoing staff shortages and capacity crunches are working in Southeast, DHSS Communications Specialist Clinton Bennett wrote to the Daily News on Tuesday.
The workers have been signed to Bartlett Regional Hospital and Wildflower Court Long-Term Care, both in Juneau, as well as SEARHC Wrangell Medical Center and SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka.
Close to 500 health care workers contracted by the General Service Administration have been moving to Alaska since late September to aid the state's hospitals. In addition to the four Southeast locations, workers also have been sent to support facilities in Bethel, Anchorage, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, Fairbanks, the Matanuska-Susitna Valley and the Kenai Peninsula.
— Compiled by Daily News Staff Writer Raegan Miller