KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Twenty-three new positive test results for COVID-19 were recorded by Ketchikan Public Health between Wednesday and Monday afternoons.

As of Monday afternoon, Ketchikan Public Health’s online COVID-19 data dashboard showed 52 cases as being active in the Ketchikan area.

Monday’s dashboard update was the first to occur since this past Wednesday, due to the Christmas holiday on Friday, and Ketchikan Public health’s current dashboard update schedule of posting new information on Mondays, Wednesdays and (usually) Fridays.

According to the dashboard, 50 new positive test results had been recorded during the seven-day period leading up to and including Monday. A total of 99 new positives were recorded over a 14-day period.

The dashboard indicated that three individuals were hospitalized locally.

Statewide information

The State of Alaska on Monday reported a total of 848 new positive test results for COVID-19 had been recorded by the state Department of Health and Social Services from Wednesday through Sunday.

Of those 848 new cases, 794 involved Alaska residents.

Alaska areas recording 10 or more cases during that time included Anchorage (266 new cases), Fairbanks (86), Juneau (64), Greater Wasilla Area (57), Ketchikan (33), Sitka (24), Eagle River (22), Kusilvak Census Area (20 in three communities), North Pole (19), Greater Palmer Area (18), Homer (18), Soldotna (14), Kodiak (11), Hooper Bay (10) and Nome Census Area (10 in four communities).

Other Southeast Alaska areas to have cases recorded during that time were Hoonah-Angoon and Yakutat combined (eight in three communities); Petersburg (six); Craig (two); Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area (two in two communities); Unalaska (two); and one each in Metlakatla, Skagway and Wrangell.

DHSS also reported 54 cases involving nonresidents. Four of those cases — all in Juneau — were recorded in Southeast Alaska.

No deaths related to COVID-19 were recorded between Wednesday and Sunday, according to a DHSS case summary. To date, there have been 945 COVID-19 related deaths of Alaska residents recorded by the state.

Fifty-seven individuals were reported as hospitalized for COVID-19 infections as of midnight Sunday statewide. Two other patients were hospitalized and under investigation for  COVID-19, according to DHSS. There were 14 patients on ventilators.

DHSS recorded a total 18,525 tests for COVID-19 during the period from Dec. 20 through Sunday, with a test positivity rate of 4.89%.

The state’s overal alert level remains at high, although nine individual areas in Alaska were at lower alert levels as of Sunday.

The Ketchikan and Prince of Wales Island areas remain at a high alert status, according to DHSS information.