KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The community COVID-19 information dashboard managed by Ketchikan Public Health officials will no longer be updated with new information effective Feb. 1.

Beginning Feb. 1, Ketchikan residents will instead rely on information found on the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services' COVID-19 dashboard, which is updated on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The state dashboard — found at www.covid19.alaska.gov — does not display the number of active COVID-19 cases in communities or the state as a whole. Active cases have not been reported on the state dashboard for more than one year.

Ketchikan Public Health officials began managing and updating the dashboard each weekday after the Ketchikan Emergency Operations Center, which had managed the dashboard since its activation in March 2020, ceased operations in July 2021.

Last month, KPH officials began to update the dashboard on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, instead of each weekday evening.

In an email sent to the Daily News on Wednesday afternoon, KPH Nurse Manager Jen Bergen wrote that there were "several factors" that influenced the choice to begin "phasing out" the local dashboard.

"Nursing time needs to focus on COVID response efforts including vaccination, consultation with community partners, and high priority non-COVID work," Bergen wrote. "Ketchikan Public Health Center is a state facility, and a vast number of resources are being dedicated to maintaining and updating the state dashboard."

Bergen continued, "The state dashboard remains a very helpful tool and includes weekly and monthly reports that provide additional information about COVID in Alaska, including information on vaccine breakthrough cases, hospitalizations and deaths."

A notice informing Ketchikan residents of the change was posted on the dashboard Wednesday afternoon. The dashboard can be accessed at www.kgbak.us/913/COVID-19-Response.