KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Ketchikan Public Health officials tallied 27 new cases between Thursday and Friday, bumping the total number of active cases in the community to 94 as of Friday evening, according to the KPH-maintained information dashboard.
A PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center dashboard reported three individuals in the COVID-19 unit at the hospital as of Thursday. The medical center's dashboard reports the previous day's hospitalizations by 11 a.m. the following day.
The KPH dashboard, updated on Friday evening, showed five individuals were hospitalized due to the virus. Public health officials confirmed to the Daily News on Friday that the total reflected Friday's number of hospitalized patients.
KPH has counted 83 new COVID-19 cases in the past seven days, according to the community dashboard.
The full KPH dashboard can be accessed at www.kgbak.us/913/COVID-19/Response.
Upcoming 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.
A Wednesday social media notice from the Annette Island Service Unit stated that pediatric Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines were available in Metlakatla as of Friday.
"We only have 20 appointments available per day so please call to schedule an appointment now," the notice read.
A vaccination clinic is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Metlakatla High School.
Statewide case information
For the first time in more than three months, Alaska's seven-day average of newly identified virus cases (per 100,000 people) fell below 500, as the state reported a combined 879 cases and no new deaths between Wednesday and Thursday, according to a Friday afternoon statement from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.
Alaska's average daily case rate was 419.7, lower than has been recorded by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services since Aug. 18, when the rate was measured at 430.1 — although Thursday's rate was still more than four times higher than the baseline for DHSS' highest risk level.
Of the 879 cases reported between Wednesday and Thursday, 864 involved Alaskans and 17 involved nonresidents in the state, according to the DHSS case summary.
Areas with 10 or more new resident cases recorded by DHSS on Wednesday and Thursday combined included Anchorage (271), the Greater Wasilla Area (112), Fairbanks (77), the Greater Palmer Area (41), North Pole (32), Petersburg (27), Ketchikan (26), Kotzebue and the Nome Census Area (25 each), the Bethel Census Area (23); Eagle River and the Northwest Arctic Borough (20 apiece); Metlakatla (14), Kenai and Kodiak (13 each), Chugiak and the Greater Houston/Big Lake Area (12 each), Homer (11), and Nome (10).
Other Southeast areas with new resident cases were Wrangell (six); Juneau (four); and Haines, Yakutat Plus Hoonah-Angoon and the Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area (one apiece), according to DHSS' information.
Nonresident cases were charted in Anchorage (five); Fairbanks (three); and Wasilla, Palmer, Juneau and Delta Junction (one apiece). Three cases were still being investigated for location by DHSS.
About 59% of Alaskans over the age of 5 had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, according to DHSS information, and about 54% were considered fully vaccinated.
The Juneau region continued to lead the state with the highest rate of residents who have received at least one vaccine dose, 74% as of Thursday.
In the Northern Southeast area, which encompasses Sitka, Haines, Petersburg, Wrangell, Skagway and Yakutat, 70% of residents had received at least one vaccine dose — the second-highest rate in the state.
Rates of residents with at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as of Thursday, according to DHSS, were:
• The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: 66%.
• Southwest Alaska: 66%.
• Southern Southeast: 62%.
• Anchorage region: 59%.
• Northwest Alaska: 55%.
• Northwest Alaska: 55%.
• Interior Alaska: 55%.
• Fairbanks North Star Borough: 47%.
• Kenai Peninsula region: 46%.
• Matanuska-Susitna region: 38%.
"Choosing to get vaccinated is the single most important action you can take to protect yourself and your community and to keep our economy strong," the DHSS statement read.
Hospital status information
As of midnight Thursday, 137 individuals were hospitalized due to COVID-19 throughout the state —133 with confirmed virus cases and four other patients who were being investigated for the virus. Of those 137 people, 23 were using ventilators, according to DHSS.
Alaska Regional Hospital, Providence Alaska medical Center and Fairbanks Memorial Hospital all reported adult intensive care units that were near capacity on Thursday, according to a DHSS-managed hospital information dashboard.
Alaska Native Medical Center's adult ICU was shown to be closed, while ICUs at Bartlett Regional Hospital and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Hospital.
— Compiled by Daily News Staff Writer Raegan Miller