KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Six new COVID-19 cases and one virus-related hospitalization were recorded in Ketchikan on Thursday, according to an evening press release from the local Emergency Operations Center.

Four of the six new cases were identified through testing at a local clinic, while two were detected at the Ketchikan International Airport traveler testing site.

Both travel-related cases involve asymptomatic individuals who arrived in Ketchikan on Wednesday, according to the EOC. One of these individuals remains in Ketchikan, while the other traveled beyond Ketchikan.

All four individuals who were tested through local clinics were symptomatic, according to the EOC information. These individuals all were determined to be close contacts to a positive case, and had been under quarantine.

One individual who had been hospitalized due to COVID-19 this week was discharged from the hospital, but another patient was hospitalized due to the virus on Thursday.

“One patient who had been hospitalized due to COVID-19 illness has improved and was discharged today (Thursday),” the EOC statement read. “Another individual who tested positive to COVID-19 was admitted to the hospital today. That individual remains hospitalized in the COVID-19 unit in Ketchikan.”

Additionally, all four of the cases pending investigation by the EOC on Wednesday were determined to involve close contacts of a known positive case.

As of 5 p.m. Thursday, 55 local cases were active.

Cumulatively, Ketchikan has counted 187 COVID-19 cases since March. Of those cases, 174 have involved Ketchikan residents or people who stayed in Ketchikan after being tested. The other 13 cases involved people who continued through Ketchikan after being tested.

In Ketchikan, 23,194 COVID-19 tests had been administered as of Thursday evening. Eighty tests were pending results, and all drive-up tests conducted through Wednesday had been processed.

Statewide case information

All regions of Alaska remained at a high risk level on Wednesday, as the state neared two months of daily triple-digit case counts, according to information from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

Southern Southeast Alaska, like every other region of the state, was still at a high risk level on Wednesday. Southern Southeast’s average daily case rate (an average of 26.16 new cases per 100,000 Alaskans during a 14-day period) was higher than that of Southwest Alaska (21.01) and Northern Southeast Alaska (13.97).

An all-time high of 14,555 COVID-19 cases were considered to be active in Alaska as of midnight Wednesday, according to DHSS.

As of midnight Wednesday, DHSS reported the following COVID-19 statistics:

• New cases on Wednesday: 478 (477 resident and one nonresident case).

• Areas to record 10 or more resident cases on Wednesday: Anchorage (275); Fairbanks (31); Wasilla (24); the Bethel Census Area (17); Kenai (16); Eagle River and Palmer (13 each); and Soldotna and North Pole (10 apiece).

• Nonresident case locations: one unknown location.

• Cumulative cases: 21,812 (20,688 resident and 1,124 nonresident).

• Active resident cases: 14,080.

• Active nonresident cases: 475.

• Total hospitalizations: 530.

• Current hospitalizations: 113 (100 involving COVID-19 positive individuals and 13 involving those under investigation).

• New deaths: 0.

• Total number of deaths: 96.

• Statewide tests conducted: 844,666.

• Statewide risk level: High. The state’s average daily case rate for the past month has regularly hit new daily highs, including Wednesday’s rate of 60.32, up from Tuesday’s rate of 59.15. The average daily case rate is determined by the average number of new cases recorded per 100,000 state residents during a 14-day period.

• Statewide positivity rate: 9.66%, a new state record set on Wednesday. Alaska’s positivity rate on Tuesday was 8.45%.