KETCHIKAN (KDN) — An Eagle River resident died of COVID-19 on Thursday, raising the state's total number of COVID-19 deaths to 45, according to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.
Alaska on Thursday also recorded 112 new cases of COVID-19, 108 of which involve state residents.
No new cases were recorded in Ketchikan on Thursday or Friday by DHSS or the local Emergency Operations Center. The local case count stood at 68 as of 5 p.m. Friday, according to the Ketchikan EOC. Of these cases, 56 involve Ketchikan residents or people who stayed in Ketchikan after being tested. The other 12 cases involve individuals who continued to travel through Ketchikan after testing.
According to EOC information, 37 of Ketchikan's total cases have been traced to travel-related sources. Twenty-one cases have been identified as involving close contacts of previous COVID-19 patients. Ten cases were labeled as instances of community spread.
As of Friday night, two cases were active in Ketchikan, according to the EOC.
Areas that tallied new positive results on Thursday included Anchorage (68); Fairbanks (nine); Wasilla (six); Utqiagvik and Palmer (five each); North Pole and Eagle River (three each); Sitka and the combined Bristol Bay and Lake and Peninsula boroughs (two each); and one each in Homer, Soldotna, Bethel, the Bethel Census Area and the Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area.
Since March, Alaska has counted 6,658 resident cases of COVID-19. Of these cases, 4,400 were active as of midnight Thursday — up from 4,306 on Wednesday, according to DHSS information.
Four nonresident cases were reported, and all were "unknown" in location or industry on Friday, according to DHSS data.
Nonresident cases of COVID-19 totaled 929 as of midnight Thursday, with 720 of those cases being categorized as active at that time. No nonresidents have died of COVID-19 in Alaska, although six have been hospitalized in Alaska hospitals.
Thirty-six Alaskans were hospitalized for circumstances relating to COVID-19 on Thursday; 31 as patients positive for the virus, and five as patients under investigation for COVID-19. In total, Alaska has recorded 263 hospitalizations.
Thirteen Alaskans were utilizing ventilation in Alaska as of midnight Thursday, leaving 225 of the state's 286 ventilators available, according to DHSS.
With 10.26 new cases per 100,000 Alaskans, the state remained at a high risk level on Thursday. When less than 10 cases are reported per 100,000 state residents, the state may move back down to an intermediate risk level. At the state's peak, recorded by DHSS as having occurred on Aug. 1, 12.37 new cases were counted per 100,000 people.
As of Friday evening, Ketchikan was still at a low alert level. Communities may set their own risk level, independent from that of the state, which is set by DHSS.
Across the state, 418,293 COVID-19 tests have been administered, with a positive result rate of 2.21% across the past seven days.
In Ketchikan, 16,069 tests have been collected, with 3,431 of those tests involving asymptomatic participants. Results are pending from 140 tests.
In Ketchikan, the positivity rate across the past seven days is 0.22%.
According to a Friday evening EOC situation report, 21 positive cases have been detected at the traveler testing site.
This week, 54 tests were collected at the Berth 3 drive-up testing site, and 114 tests were conducted at the traveler testing site.
There are 11 COVID-19 testing machines in Ketchikan, according to the EOC.