KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Ketchikan’s COVID-19 case count increased by one on Friday, marking the fifth consecutive day with at least one new positive test result locally.
The new positive test result for COVID-19 announced Friday by the Ketchikan Emergency Operations Center involved a Ketchikan resident who tested positive for COVID-19 after returning to town Wednesday from out-of-state travel.
The individual, who did not have symptoms as of Friday, was tested at the travelers testing site. Upon notification of the result, the individual was directed to isolate, according to the EOC.
Although Ketchikan had 10 active cases of COVID-19 as of early Friday evening, no one was hospitalized, according to the EOC data dashboard.
Since Monday, the EOC has announced eight new positive test results. Four cases involve residents tested at local clinics, while two cases involve residents tested at the traveler site after returning to Ketchikan. The other two cases involve a seafood processing worker, and a nonresident traveler tested at the travel site, according to EOC information.
To date, Ketchikan has posted 44 positive test results, 44 of which affect Ketchikan residents or travelers who were staying locally, according to the EOC.
Of the 8,383 tests administered locally, results from 234 tests were pending as of Friday evening.
Elsewhere in southern Southeast Alaska, the City of Craig Emergency Operations Center announced one new positive COVID-19 test result in Craig on Friday.
The new positive involves a Craig resident, and is the only active case in that community.
“The Division of Public Health and the Alaska Section of Epidemiology are conducting the case investigation and contact tracing to determine how the patient was exposed and the potential scope of contacts,” stated the Craig announcement.
Friday’s positive result was the fifth recorded in Craig since April. Four of those cases are classified as recovered, according to the Craig EOC.
Prince of Wales Island has recorded a total of nine positive results for COVID-19. Of the four cases not recorded in Craig, two were confirmed this past week and remained active as of Friday. The other two cases had been confirmed in Juneau and are classified as recovered, according to the Craig EOC.
Statewide, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services announced 65 new positive test results recorded on Thursday. Alaska residents accounted for 59 of those results. The other six involve nonresidents.
However, Thursday’s numbers don’t include the 96 cases at a seafoods processing plant in Seward. Those positive test results — involving 11 Alaska residents and 85 nonresidents — were announced by DHSS on Wednesday evening.
The cases were identified at the OBI Seafoods plant after one plant employee tested positive after seeking care for an unrelated health issue, according to the DHSS press release. The remainder of the plant's 262 employees were tested, and the 96 individuals who tested positive were transported to Anchorage for isolation.
The Anchorage Daily News quoted Alaska Chief Medical Officer Anne Zink as saying Thursday that although all cases appear in the state’s numbers eventually, “it can take a bit for those numbers to be fully investigated and involved in the data.”
Four Ketchikan resident cases were included in Thursday’s count. Those included two resident cases announced Thursday by the Ketchikan EOC, and two that had been announced locally earlier in the week.
Thirteen other areas across the state recorded new resident cases, including Anchorage (33); Seward (six); Fairbanks (five); Juneau (two); and Kenai, Cordova, North Pole, Wasilla, the Bethel Census Area, the Valdez-Cordova Census Area, the Nome Census Area, Yakutat and Hoonah-Angoon and the Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area (one each).
The overall number of resident COVID-19 cases in Alaska stood at 2,249 as of midnight Thursday.
Six nonresident cases were recorded on Thursday. Five cases involve seafood industry workers in the Kenai Peninsula Borough, according to DHSS. Details regarding the location and circumstances of the other were unknown as of Friday.
No new deaths were recorded on Thursday, leaving the statewide number at 19 as of midnight Thursday.
Thirty-seven people were in Alaska hospitals with COVID-19 or under investigation for the disease. To date, there have been 111 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Alaska, according to DHSS.
There have been a total of 200,572 tests for OCVID-19 conducted in Alaska thus far. During the previous three days, the average percentage of daily positive tests in Alaska was 2.38%, down from 3.21% the day before.