KETCHIKAN (KDN) — No new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Alaska on Monday, according to the state Department of Health and Social Services.
A total of 399 cases of COVID-19 have been recorded statewide, of which 348 have recovered. According to DHSS, 36,380 tests have been administered in the state so far.
An inmate at the Anchorage Correctional Complex tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, the DHSS announcement indicated, but the new case was not included in the case totals for Monday.
As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, no new COVID-19 cases were recorded in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, keeping the borough case count flat at 16 cases. All but one of the borough’s cases are classified as recovered. Nine hundred twenty-eight tests have been administered in the borough, with 74 test results still pending.
Following the success of last week’s drive-thru COVID-19 testing initiative, the Ketchikan Emergency Operations Center will offer free drive-thru COVID-19 testing at Berth 3 on Wednesday and Thursday. The testing will be conducted by local health officials between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and will be available for symptomatic individuals and some asymptomatic individuals, according to the EOC’s announcement Tuesday.
Asymptomatic people over 65 years of age can be tested, as can people who have recently traveled outside of the borough. Asymptomatic health care workers and first responders also are eligible for testing, including dental workers, emergency medical service responders, health clinic and hospital workers, firefighters, city police officers and Alaska State Troopers.
Asymptomatic individuals of all ages with underlying medical conditions are encouraged to seek testing, particularly if those conditions are not well-controlled. The EOC release names the following medical conditions: chronic lung disease; moderate to severe asthma; “serious heart conditions;” severe obesity; diabetes; and liver disease. The release further indicates that people with compromised immune systems or who have chronic kidney disease and are undergoing dialysis also should be tested.
Anyone caring for members of the above population may also be tested for COVID-19 without showing symptoms.
Individuals wishing to participate in drive-thru testing must wear a face mask or covering. Adults will need to have a current photo ID.