KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Alaska recorded two new positive test results for COVID-19 on Thursday, one in Nome and the other in the Juneau-area community of Douglas.
No new positive results were announced in Ketchikan on Friday.
Thursday’s case in Douglas raises the Juneau area’s total to 31 since the pandemic arrived in Alaska, according to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Service.
Statewide, Alaska has recorded 404 positive results for COVID-19 thus far, with 356 individuals identified as having recovered. No new hospitalizations or deaths were recorded Thursday, leaving those totals at 44 and 10, respectively.
State data shows 41,466 tests having been administered to date. On Friday evening, the Ketchikan Emergency Operations Center reported that 1,109 tests had been administered in Ketchikan thus far, a number representing about 8% of the local population.
The EOC confirmed that a third round of drive-up testing will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday at Berth 3 downtown.
“This free testing clinic is offered to symptomatic individuals as well as certain asymptomatic individuals,” according to an EOC announcement.
The Ketchikan EOC indicates that there are 1,618 complete test kits available in the Ketchikan area.
Ketchikan has had 16 positive test results, with the most recent occurring on April 20. Fifteen of the 16 individuals involved are listed as having recovered, according to the EOC.
Friday marked the first day of new state rules that allowed businesses, restaurants and a variety of other entities to open fully.
“As we head into the Memorial Day weekend and Alaska enters phases three and four of the Reopening Alaska Responsibly Plan, I want to remind Alaskans that the virus is still here and encourage everyone to continue with the personal protective measures we’ve been practicing for months,” DHSS Commissioner Adam Crum said in a prepared statement. “Those measures include washing hands frequently, maintaining six feet of distance from non-family members, wearing a face covering in public, cleaning and disinfecting regularly, and staying home if sick and getting tested.”