KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Ketchikan Emergency Operations Center recorded nine new positive COVID-19 test results during the three-day period from Saturday through Monday, and Ketchikan High School closed to in-person learning on Tuesday due to two positive cases at the school.
Seven of the cases were charted on Monday, and two were counted on Saturday, according to the EOC dashboard on Monday evening.
All but one of the seven cases recorded on Monday involved symptomatic individuals.
Three of the Monday cases were still under investigation as to source, two were related to recent travel, one was due to close contact with a known positive case and one was found to be community spread, the dashboard showed.
Contact tracing investigations were completed for three of those cases, and were ongoing for the other four as of Monday evening.
Both of the cases recorded one Saturday — one involving an asymptomatic person and one, a symptomatic individual — were still under investigation as to source and close contacts.
Two virus cases were connected to Ketchikan High School on Monday, prompting the school to move to online learning and cancel activities on Tuesday, according to an announcement posted to the school's website on Monday night.
"Classes will follow the remote learning schedule," the announcement read. "Students should check their school emails and Canvas for details regarding the day's Zoom schedule and assignments."
The announcement did not include an estimated date for reopening for Kayhi's on-site operations.
Nineteen COVID-19 cases were active in Ketchikan on Monday. To date, 461 virus cases have been counted in Ketchikan.
Results were pending from 61 tests — up from 37 heading into the weekend, according to the EOC dashboard.
Tests conducted on or before Thursday at the Berth 3 drive-up testing site had been processed as of Monday evening. Individuals who had not been contacted by health officials by that time tested negative, per the EOC. Only individuals who test positive for the virus will receive a phone call from public health officials.
The local test positivity rate was 2.02%, up from 1.93% on Friday.
Ketchikan's Community Risk Level stayed at Level 2 (Moderate).
Statewide case information
The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services recorded 271 cases of COVID-19 and one new Alaskan death over the weekend.
According to DHSS on Monday, the deceased was a Wasilla man in his 50s. To date, 39 Wasilla residents have died of the virus since the pandemic began.
Of the new cases recorded by DHSS during the weekend, 89 were counted on Friday, 106 were charted on Saturday and 69 were counted on Sunday.
Sunday's case total was the lowest daily case count recorded since March 21, when 50 cases were counted, according to DHSS data.
Southern Southeast had the second-highest average daily case rate in the state on Sunday, according to DHSS.
This region's average daily case rate — the average tally of new cases identified per 100,000 people over two weeks — was 19.87, second only to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and the Fairbanks North Star Borough.
Southern Southeast (encompassing Ketchikan and the Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area) has not had an average daily case rate that high since early November.
Because Southern Southeast's average daily case rate was higher than 10, it was at the high alert level as of Sunday. The region has not moved from that level since April 20.
Other regions at the high alert level on Sunday included the Fairbanks North Star Borough (50.14), Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta (14.59), the Interior region (14.14), the Anchorage Municipality (12.88) and the Kenai Peninsula Borough (11.88), DHSS data showed on Monday.
The Northern Southeast area — which includes Skagway, Petersburg, Sitka, Haines, Wrangell and Yakutat — had the lowest average daily case rate in Alaska on Sunday (3.15).
As of midnight Sunday, DHSS reported the following COVID-19 statistics:
• New cases on Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 264 resident cases and seven nonresident cases.
• Areas to record 10 or more cases: Anchorage (70), Fairbanks (64), Wasilla (29), North Pole (21), Juneau (12) and Palmer (11).
• Southeast areas with new cases recorded by DHSS: Ketchikan (eight), Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area (three), and Wrangell, Sitka and Yakutat (one apiece).
• Nonresident case locations: Anchorage recorded two cases. One case per area was counted in Fairbanks, Kodiak, the North Slope Borough.
• Cumulative state cases: 68,426 total cases (65,678 and 2,748 nonresident cases).
• Total hospitalizations: 1,539.
• Current hospitalizations: 65, accounting for 6.6% of all hospitalizations in Alaska on Sunday. Of those hospitalizations, 60 involved COVID-19 positive Alaskans and five involved patients who were still being investigated for virus positivity. Nine Alaskans were using ventilators for reasons related to COVID-19.
• New deaths: 1.
• Total deaths: 342 resident deaths and six nonresident deaths.
• Statewide tests conducted: 2,100,065 tests.
• Statewide risk level: High.
• Statewide average daily case rate: 19.21, down from 19.66 on Saturday.
• Statewide positivity rate across the past seven days: 2.19%.
As of Sunday, 50% of Alaskans aged 16 and older have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine.
About 34% of Alaskans have been fully vaccinated — meaning they are two weeks past receiving both doses of a two-dose vaccine or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, DHSS data showed.
The Skagway Municipality continued to lead the state in vaccinations, with 78.17% of Skagway residents having been vaccinated with at least their first dose.
Since vaccinations began in Alaska, 558,651 total doses have been administered statewide.
— Compiled by Daily News Staff Writer Raegan Miller