KETCHIKAN (KDN) — A traveler to Ketchikan has tested positive for COVID-19, the Ketchikan Emergency Operations Center announced early Wednesday evening.
The individual arrived in Ketchikan on Monday and was tested at the traveler testing site, according to the EOC announcement. The person, who is staying in Ketchikan, was instructed to quarantine until the test results were received.
The person was notified of the positive result on Wednesday, and instructed by a health care provider to isolate. The individual did not have symptoms as of Wednesday, according to the EOC.
Public Health officials started the contact investigation on Wednesday.
Ketchikan now has had 29 positive test results, 25 of which involve people who reside or are staying in Ketchikan, according to the EOC. Six of the 25 cases remain active; 19 of the individuals have recovered.
As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, a total of 3,806 tests had been administered in the Ketchikan area. Results from 199 tests were pending, according to EOC data.
The EOC’s drive-up testing site at Berth 3 will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday.
The upswing of positive test results in Ketchikan since June 9 have prompted the scheduling of a question-and-answer event with Ketchikan EOC Incident Commander Abner Hoage and Alaska Chief Medical Officer Anne Zink for 5 p.m. Thursday via Facebook Live, according to the EOC. Questions for the event can be submitted by 5 p.m. Tuesday via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Statewide, 21 new positive test results for COVID-19 were recorded Tuesday in Alaska, with 14 resident and seven nonresident cases raising the state’s cumulative total to 928.
Anchorage posted seven of the new positive results involving Alaska residents, the state Department of Health and Social Services reported on Wednesday. Fairbanks recorded two new cases, while Chugiak, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, North Pole, Palmer and Ketchikan each recored one new positive.
The Ketchikan case, which involved an individual tested at the drive-up testing site, was reported Tuesday by the Ketchikan Emergency Operations Center.
As of midnight Tuesday, 792 cases involving Alaskans had been recorded.
Four of the seven new nonresident cases were recorded in the Fairbanks North Star Borough, according to DHSS. Two of persons are involved in the mining industry; one works in another industry. The other person is a visitor.
The other nonresident cases were recorded in the combined Bristol Bay and Lake & Peninsula boroughs (seafood industry), Kodiak Island Borough (other industry) and Anchorage (unknown).
A total of 138 nonresident cases had been recorded by midnight Tuesday.