KETCHIKAN (KDN) — With no new positive test results for COVID-19 announced locally since Sept. 1, Ketchikan is set to start the first day of regular school Monday at a community risk status of “Level 1-Low.”
At Level 1, schools can be open 100% with annex sites and safety measures in place, according to information from the Ketchikan Emergency Operation Center.
Statewide, the alert level ticked back up into the “high” category signifying an average daily case rate of above 10 cases per 100,000 population over the previous 14 days, according to the Alaska Department of Health and Human Services. The statewide risk alert level on Saturday was “intermediate,” signifying between 5 and 10 cases per 100,000 population during the previous 14 days.
DHSS recorded a total of 165 positive test results on Friday and Saturday — 103 on Friday and 62 on Saturday.
Only two of the cases involved nonresidents, both recorded Friday and announced Saturday. One individual is a seafood industry worker in the Bristol Bay and Lake and Peninsula Borough combined area. The other’s industry and location is under investigation, according to DHSS.
To date, 915 nonresident cases have been recorded in Alaska.
Alaska residents accounted for 163 of the 165 cases recorded during the two-day period
Anchorage tallied for 86 of the new cases involving Alaska residents recorded during the Friday-Saturday time frame.
Fairbanks and Juneau were the other two communities with new resident cases in double-digits, at 24 and 11, respectively.
Other Alaska areas with resident cases recorded by the state were North Pole (seven); Eagle River, Wasilla and the Bethel Census Area (five each); Palmer and the Fairbanks North Star Borough (three apiece); Utqiaġvik (two); and Bethel, Chugiak, Dillingham, Nome, the Nome Census Area, Bristol Bay plus Lake and Peninsula Borough; Douglas, Kotzebue, Willow, Yukon-Kuskokwim Census Area, Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area and Ketchikan.
The circumstance of the Ketchikan case reported by DHSS was unclear by presstime Sunday. The most recent cases reported by the Ketchikan Emergency Operations Center were two positive results involving travelers that were announced on Sept. 1. One case involved a person staying in Ketchikan; the other was an individual who was traveling on to another location, according to the EOC.
The Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area case was reported by Craig Public Health on Friday evening. Information on the Prince of Wales Island COVID-19 hotline indicated that the name of the community would not be given as per state policy to not identify communities with a population of fewer than 1,000 people.
As of Friday evening, Prince of Wales Island has recorded 11 cases, according to Craig Public Health. Seven of the cases have involved residents; four involved nonresidents.
As of midnight Saturday, DHSS had recorded a cumulative total of 7,193 cases of COVID-19.
Of the 6,278 resident cases, 4,066 were considered to be active cases as of midnight Saturday. There have been 915 nonresident cases, 706 of which remained active, according to DHSS data.
The death of an Anchorage woman in her 80s was reported by DHSS on Saturday, which raised the total number of Alaskans who’ve died from COVID-19 to 44.
Thirty-three of the 35 people in Alaska hospitals because of novel coronavirus circumstances included 33 patients who were COVID-19 positive and two who were under investigation for the illness, according to DHSS.
The total number of COVID-19 tests administered in the state topped 400,000 for the first time this weekend.
Of the 401,213 tests administered as of Saturday, 8,556 had occurred in the previous seven days, according to DHSS.
The agency reported that the average percentage of daily positive tests was 1.96% during the previous seven days.