KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Ketchikan Public Health officials counted 10 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the number of active local cases to 48 as of that evening.

According to the KPH-maintained information dashboard, Ketchikan's seven-day average of newly reported cases per 100,000 population was 255.90.

A separate PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center dashboard showed that nobody was in the facility's COVID-19 unit as of 11 a.m. Tuesday.

In the past seven days, local health officials have tallied 35 virus cases, according to the KPH dashboard.

The full KPH dashboard can be found at

Metlakatla update

Effective midnight Tuesday, Metlakatla went into a community wide lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19 after another three positive tests (from a batch of 18 tests conducted that day) returned positive results.

"Lockdown will begin at midnight and will continue up to 72 hours or until cases are contained," read a Tuesday evening notice from the Metlakatla Indian Community. "There will be no gatherings at this time."

Contact tracing for the cases was ongoing as of Tuesday.

Businesses that have an approved safety plan may remain open during the lockdown. Businesses without a safety plan that has been approved by the mayor "must cease operation for 72 hours or until the contact tracing procedures are complete," according to the MIC notice.

The "general public must quarantine" during the duration of the lockdown, according to the announcement.

As of Tuesday, five cases were active on Metlakatla. Since the start of the pandemic, 83 cases have been counted in the community, per MIC.

Further decisions about the lockdown will be made Metlakatla's mayor, the Annette Island Service Unit and the community's emergency operations coordinator.

Statewide case information

The COVID-19 deaths of six Alaskans and 499 new virus cases were reported on Monday by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, continuing a weeklong trend of newly reported deaths daily and a five-month trend of daily triple-digit case counts across the state.

Five of the newly reported deaths were Anchorage residents, according to a case summary statement released by DHSS on Tuesday. Those individuals included a woman in her 20s, a woman in her 30s, a woman in her 50s, a man in his 60s, and a woman aged 80 or older.

The sixth death was that of a woman in her 70s residing in the Kenai Peninsula Borough South.

"Our thoughts are with their family and loved ones," the DHSS statement read.

Since the start of the pandemic in Alaska, 708 Alaskans have died of the virus. Twenty-six nonresidents in the state also have died of COVID-19.

Of the 499 new cases reported out by DHSS on Monday, all but five involved Alaskans.

Areas with 10 or more newly reported cases included Anchorage (152), the Greater Wasilla Area (76), Fairbanks (56), the Greater Palmer Area (29), the Nome Census Area (26), Kenai (18), Soldotna and Eagle River (16 apiece), Utqiagvik (13), North Pole (12) and Juneau (10).

Other Southeast communities with new cases included Petersburg and the Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area (six each), Sitka (three) and Ketchikan (two).

One nonresident case per area was counted in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Kenai, Soldotna and the Greater Wasilla Area, according to DHSS.

Hospital status information

A total of 208 individuals were hospitalized throughout the state due to COVID-19 on Monday — 202 with confirmed virus cases and six who were suspected of having COVID-19, according to DHSS. Of those individuals, 26 were using ventilators to breathe while hospitalized.

Throughout the pandemic, 2,795 individuals have been hospitalized with confirmed virus cases.

Adult intensive care units at the Alaska Native Medical Center, Mat-Su Regional Medical Center and Alaska Regional Hospital were all in the closed status on Tuesday, according to updates on the DHSS maintained hospital dashboard.

Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and Providence Alaska Medical Center were shown to be near capacity, while Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson Hospital was open.

— Compiled by Daily News Staff Writer Raegan Miller