KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Alaska recorded its 400th case of COVID-19 on Tuesday, the state Department of Health and Social Services announced Wednesday afternoon. Three Alaskans tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, as did two nonresident seafood workers in Anchorage who were not included in the statewide case count. None of the new cases were recorded in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough.
The newly infected Alaskans tested positive in Anchorage, Kotzebue and in the combined Bristol Bay and Lake & Peninsula boroughs. The individual who tested positive in Anchorage is an inmate at the Anchorage Correctional Center. Two of the Alaskans were between 70 and 79 years of age; the remaining infected individual was between 30 and 39 years old.
The statewide case count now rests at 402, with 50 cases that have not yet recovered. A total of 37,045 tests have been administered in the state since the outbreak began.
The Ketchikan Gateway Borough did not record any new cases of COVID-19 as of 5 p.m. Wednesday, according to a case update from the Ketchikan Emergency Operations Center. The number of cases in the borough remains level at 16, 15 of whom have recovered.
Local health officials on Wednesday tested 52 individuals for COVID-19 during a free two-hour drive-thru testing initiative, according to the EOC update.
Last week, 116 COVID-19 tests were administered through a similar drive-thru initiative; as of Wednesday evening, 55 of those test results had come back, all negative.
A total of 1,007 tests have been administered in the borough, according to the Wednesday EOC update, of which 126 were still pending.