KETCHIKAN (KDN) — No new positive test results for COVID-19 were reported Saturday or Sunday in Ketchikan, according to the Ketchikan EOC.
As of Saturday, two persons were hospitalized in the COVID unit at Ketchikan PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center, according to EOC information.
While the EOC’s brief announcement Sunday indicated only that no new cases had been recorded that day and that the community risk level remained at moderate, the EOC’s announcement on Saturday noted that there were 20 cases active in the Ketchikan area as of Saturday.
The local testing positivity rate in Ketchikan as of Saturday was 1.88% for the previous seven days. The positivity rate statewide for the seven days previous to Saturday was 4.495, according to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.
Alaska recorded a total of 635 positive test results for COVID-19 on Friday and Saturday, according to DHSS.
Of those 635 cases, 621 involved Alaska residents.
Anchorage, which is the largest city in Alaska, continues to record the largest numbers of new cases on a daily basis. A total of 204 positive results were reported from Anchorage on Friday and Saturday, according to DHSS data.
Wasilla recorded 79 new cases during those two days, while Fairbanks tallied 77.
Other areas recording 10 or more new cases were the Bethel Census Area (26); Palmer (22); Bethel and the North Slope Borough (19 apiece); Northwest Arctic Borough and Eagle River (18 each); North Pole (17); Kusilvak Census Area (14); Kenai, Soldotna and Kodiak (12 each); and the Fairbanks North Star Borough (10).
Southeast Alaska areas that had cases recorded by DHSS during the two-day period were Ketchikan (4), Sitka (2), Juneau (2) and the Yakutat plus Hoonah and Angoon area (1).
As of midnight Saturday, Alaska had recorded 48,624 positive test results involving residents
Fourteen nonresident cases were recorded on Friday and Saturday, all of which remained under investigation by DHSS as to the industries that the individuals are involved in.
Eight of the nonresident cases are under investigation as to location, according to DHSS. The other six cases were in Anchorage (3), and Bethel, Eagle River and Wasilla (1 each).
The total number of nonresident cases stood at 1,594 as of Saturday.
DHSS reported one death related to COVID-19 on Friday, involving a Fairbanks man in his 30s. To date, Alaska has recorded 223 deaths.
Alaska as a whole remained on a high alert level Sunday with an average daily case rate of 39.81 cases per 100,000 population over the previous 14 days.
The southern Southeast Alaska region moved into the high alert category on Sunday, after having been down in the intermediate alert level since late December.
The threshold between the high and intermediate alert levels is an average daily case rate of more than 10.
On Sunday, the southern Southeast Alaska region posted an average daily case rate of 10.03 cases per 100,000 population during the previous 14 days. The region’s average daily case rate on Saturday was 9.68.
The only two Alaska regions in the intermediate alert level category on Sunday were the northern Southeast Alaska region with an average daily case rate of 7.68, and the Juneau City and Borough with 7.37.
Compared with other states in the U.S., Alaska’s case rate is among the lowest nationwide.
During the seven days before Sunday, Alaska’s case rate was 42nd in the nation, according to data compiled by The Washington Post and Johns Hopkins University. The highest was Rhode Island; the lowest was Hawaii.
North Dakota continues to have the largest total number of cases per capita, with 12,592 cases per 100,000 population as of Sunday. Alaska was 32nd per capita, with a total of 6,800 cases per 100,000. The lowest was Vermont, which had posted a total of 1,435 cases per 100,000.
As for deaths attributed to COVID-19, Alaska is 48th nationwide with 30 deaths per 100,000 population. The highest recorded number of deaths per capita is New Jersey, with 224 per 100,000 population as of Sunday.
Alaska had the second-highest rate of testing nationwide, with 7,941 tests per 100,000 population recorded in the seven days before Sunday. The highest was Massachusetts at 9,171 tests per 100,000; the lowest was Iowa with 645.