KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Another 30 new positive test results for COVID-19 were recorded Thursday statewide — 20 cases involving Alaska residents and 10 related to nonresidents.
The new positive results raised the numbers of resident and nonresident cases to 836 and 167, respectively, according to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. The cumulative total stood at 1,003 cases as of midnight Thursday.
No new positive results were reported as of early Friday evening in the Ketchikan area, where the cumulative total remained at 29 cases.
The most recent positive result in Ketchikan was reported on Wednesday and involved a visitor who arrived in Ketchikan on Monday and was tested at the traveler testing site, according to the Ketchikan Emergency Operations Center.
As of 5 p.m. Friday, 4,220 tests for COVID-19 had been administered in Ketchikan. Results from 264 tests remain pending.
Anchorage continues to post the largest number of cases involving Alaskans. Another five positive results were recorded there on Thursday, lifting the municipality’s total count to 340 cases to date, according to DHSS.
Juneau and Wasilla each recorded three cases on Thursday. The cumulative totals for those communities are 40 and 36 cases, respectively.
Only one of the three Juneau individuals represented a new positive case, however.
The other two persons were unrelated Juneau residents who had been in different long-term care facilities in separate states outside of Alaska, according to DHSS. Both individuals died in May.
“Their death certificates listed Juneau as their place of residence,” according to DHSS information. “In accordance with national standards, COVID-19 cases and deaths are counted by a person’s residency, not where they contracted the virus. This provides consistency and avoids cases being double-counted between states. The two deaths are part of three new COVID-19 cases being reported in Juneau today, which means Juneau has one new active case.”
Thus, although no new COVID-19 related deaths reported in Alaska on Thursday, the number of Alaskan deaths has increased by two, bringing the current total to 14.
Eagle River, Fairbanks and Seward recorded two new positive results apiece Thursday, while North Pole, Palmer and Sitka each recorded one new case.
DHSS on Friday took the unusual step of issuing a statement recommending that anyone who visited two businesses in Seward during specific times on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday be tested for the novel coronavirus.
The testing is recommended to visitors and employees of the Seward Alehouse and Yukon Bar because of possible exposure to two individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the DHSS announcement.
“Anyone who was at either of these two locations during the specified time frames is recommended for testing, regardless of whether they have symptoms,” stated the DHSS announcement. “It is important to note that even if your test result is negative, this does not mean that you are not infected. Therefore, it will be important to monitor for symptoms and minimize contact with others for 14 days after your exposure.”
Of the 10 new positive test results involving nonresidents, five affect seafood industry workers in the Bristol Bay plus Lake & Peninsula boroughs area. Three individuals — one in the tourism industry and two “unknown” — were in Anchorage. The other two individuals are involved in other industries in the Bethel Census Area and Nome Census Area, according to DHSS.
Twelve patients were in Alaska hospitals on Thursday as either COVID-19 positive or under investigation for the coronavirus. Alaska has had 67 hospitalizations since the COVID-19 pandemic first surfaced here in early March.