KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Ketchikan Public Health recorded nine positive test results for COVID-19 on Friday, while the Ketchikan community’s active case count declined to 67 from the 78 posted on Thursday.

Friday’s active-case count was just about one-half of the all-time record count of 132 active cases posted on Sept. 10. But with the active count remaining above 50, the Ketchikan School District will continue at the “high” operating risk level through Sept. 25.

Ketchikan Public Health had reported 37 positive test results in the past seven days, and 141 positives over the past 14 days, according the KPH data dashboard available on the Ketchikan Gateway Borough website.

During the past seven days, 15 of the 37 new cases involved individuals who were not vaccinated, and another five cases involved individuals who are not eligible for vaccination, according to the Public Health data. Seventeen cases involved persons who were fully vaccinated.

Twenty-eight of the 37 individuals were symptomatic, while one person was asymptomatic, according to Public Health. The symptom status of eight of the individuals was not reported/unknown.

Ketchikan’s  seven-day positive case rate per 100,000 population stood at 270,53 as of Friday.

One person was listed as hospitalized in Ketchikan as of late Friday afternoon, according to Ketchikan Public Health.

Prince of Wales Island update

Prince of Wales Island had three new positive test results reported by Craig Public Health on Friday afternoon.

One case involved a resident of Craig, and was determined to have resulted from secondary spread, according to the Craig Public Health hotline. The other two cases involved residents of communities of fewer than 1,000 people on POW. Both cases were attributed to secondary spread.

Of POW’s 382 cases recording during the pandemic to date, 35 were considered active on Friday.

Statewide update

Alaska on Thursday went above the 100,000 cases mark, as the 893 new positive test results recorded statewide that day pushed the cumulative total of resident and nonresident cases up to 100,360.

The 893 new cases included 875 cases involving residents and 18 involving nonresidents, according to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

Alaska communities to record 10 or more resident cases on Thursday included Anchorage (290), Fairbanks (111), Wasilla (71), Bethel Census Area (38), Homer (31), Eagle River (26), Juneau (26), North Pole (26), Palmer (25), Kenai (20), North Slope Borough (19), Kodiak (15), Soldotna (15), Kusilvak Census Area (13), Bethel (12), Utqiaġvik (12) and Chugiak (11).

Other Southeast Alaska communities that had cases recorded by the state Thursday included the Haines Borough (seven); Ketchikan and Sitka (five each); Craig (two); and Metlakatla, Prince Of Wales-Hyder Census Area, Wrangell and Yakutat plus Hoonah-Angoon (one each).

 Ketchikan and Juneau were the two Southeast Alaska towns to have nonresident cases recorded by DHSS on Thursday. Each community had one case.

In the seven days leading up to and including Thursday, the average daily percentage of positive test results was 9.58%, according to DHSS data.

A total of 204 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 were hospitalized as of midnight on Thursday. Another 13 patients were under investigation for COVID-19.  Thirty-three of the COVID-19 related patients were on ventilators, according to DHSS.

 “The current statewide alert level — based on the reported number of cases per 100,000 people over the past 7 days— is high (red) at 695.8,” stated the DHSS case summary.

As of Thursday, 57% of Alaskans age 12 and above had been fully vaccinated, according to DHSS.

The Juneau region continues to have the highest vaccination rate at 79.8% among people ages 12 and above, while the Matanuska-Susitna Region’s rate of 40.1% was the lowest in Alaska on Thursday. The vaccination rate in the Southern Southeast Region was 65.7%.