KETCHIKAN (KDN) — After more than a week without a positive test result for COVID-19, a new case was reported in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough on Monday.
The case involves a traveler who arrived in Ketchikan on Friday and was tested at the traveler testing site, according to a press release from the local Emergency Operations Center.
The individual is currently asymptomatic and has been directed to isolate. Public health officials have begun a contact investigation.
Only one of Ketchikan's 67 total cases remained active as of 5 p.m. Monday, stated EOC information. Fifty-five of the total cases have involved residents or travelers who remained in Ketchikan after testing, while 12 involve people who traveled beyond Ketchikan after being tested.
Ketchikan remains at a low risk level, which means that cases and outbreaks are infrequent. At the low risk level, between zero and five new cases are being reported for every 100,000 residents.
With the statewide alert level for COVID-19 still at high, Alaska counted 77 new cases of the virus on Sunday, according to the state Department of Health and Social Services.
The overall state of Alaska may move between risk levels without affecting those of individual communities.
Alaska has been a high risk level since Saturday, when 10.01 new cases were counted per 100,000 state residents, just barely exceeding the standard for a medium risk level — five to 10 new cases.
On Sunday, the number of new cases per 100,000 population rose to 10.41, according to DHSS.
Seventy-five of the new cases reported that day involved residents, with the remaining two involving nonresidents.
Areas to count new positive test results on Sunday include Anchorage (47); Fairbanks (10); Wasilla (seven); Juneau (five); Utqiagvik and North Pole (two each); and the Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area (one). One case had not been classified by location as of Monday afternoon, according to DHSS.
As of midnight Sunday, a total of 6,353 resident COVID-19 cases had been tallied in Alaska. Of this number, 4,141 cases remained active, while 2,168 were classified as recovered.
One of the nonresident cases was counted in the Aleutians East Census Area and is related to North Slope oil industry, DHSS information stated. The second nonresident case remains under investigation, with no further details available as of Monday afternoon.
Nonresident cases in Alaska numbered 917 as of midnight Sunday, with 708 of those cases being reported as active at that time. Six nonresidents have been hospitalized for reasons related to the virus in Alaska. No nonresidents are reported to have died from COVID-19 in Alaska.
Alaska did not report any new hospitalizations or deaths on Sunday.
Out of a total number of 252 hospitalizations involving state residents, 39 people are currently hospitalized in Alaska. Thirty-six of those patients are confirmed to be COVID-19 positive, while the remaining three individuals are considered "persons under investigation," according to DHSS. Eight Alaskans are utilizing ventilation, with 259 ventilators remaining available in the state.
The total number of Alaskan COVID-19 deaths stood at 44 as of midnight Sunday.
Across the state, 403,413 COVID-19 tests have been collected, with a positive result rate of 2.04%.
In Ketchikan, 15,496 tests have been administered, with 3,307 of those tests being collected from asymptomatic individuals. Results were pending from 150 tests as of 5 p.m. Monday.