KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Two new COVID-19 cases were recorded in Ketchikan on Tuesday, both relating to separate local "congregate facilities," according to a Tuesday evening press release from the Ketchikan Emergency Operations Center.

Both individuals were tested at a local clinic after developing symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

One of the cases is still under investigation as to source.

"This individual is a staff member of a congregate setting facility," according to the EOC statement. "The facility has a COVID-19 mitigation plan in place and has been operating under the plan. The facility was already closed to the public in response to the Governor's November 12th announcement."

The source of the second case recorded on Tuesday was determined to be community spread. The individual involved in this case is involved with a separate "congregate setting facility," according to the EOC.

The facility had been operating under its COVID-19 mitigation plan. The EOC release did not note whether the facility had been closed to visitation.

Contact tracing investigations have been initiated for both cases.

Cumulatively, Ketchikan has counted 191 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic this spring. Twenty of those cases remained active in Ketchikan on Tuesday evening, according to the EOC.

No individuals were hospitalized in Ketchikan on Tuesday.

A total of 23,735 tests have been conducted in Ketchikan, with results pending from 82 tests as of Tuesday night, according to the EOC. The local test positivity rate was 3.14% on Tuesday, down from 3.38% on Monday.

Ketchikan's community risk level was at Level 3 (High) on Tuesday.

"We continue to urge all citizens to follow the recommended mitigation measures so we can continue to realize a downward trend in positive cases," the EOC release stated.

Statewide case information

Alaska recorded its 100th COVID-19 death — the state's 99th resident death — on Monday, according to the state Department of Health and Social Services. The death involved an Anchorage man in his 90s, and it was not indicated by DHSS if he had underlying health conditions.

In its daily case summary released Tuesday evening, DHSS noted that it would no longer report the number of active nonresident or resident cases on the state COVID-19 dashboard.

"Due to the increase in cases statewide, certain areas of data entry are lagging far behind real-time and we are not able to update cases with the data they are released from isolation (recovered)," the summary stated. "This information is not electronically reported to the section of epidemiology and staffing capacity limits or ability to follow-up and verify the recovery status of reach person."

The change came after weeks of record-high active case counts reported through the state dashboard, which epidemiologists had noted in the past could be due to data lags.

Information regarding the alert level of the state also was not available as of Tuesday evening, and DHSS was reviewing the issue at the time that its daily case summary was released that evening.

As of Sunday, all regions of the state were still at a high alert level. The state itself has been at a high risk level since mid-September.  

As of midnight Monday, DHSS reported the following COVID-19 statistics:

• New cases on Monday: 637 (631 cases involving residents and six cases involving nonresidents).

• Areas to record 10 or more cases on Monday: Anchorage (433); Eagle River (52); Fairbanks and Wasilla (20); Soldotna (16); Kenai (15); and Chugiak (10).

• Southeast Alaska areas recording cases on Monday: Juneau (5) and Sitka (2).

• Nonresident case locations: One case in Anchorage and five in unidentified region(s) of the state.

• Cumulative cases: 25,041 (23,874 resident cases and 1,167 nonresident cases).

• Total hospitalizations: 573.

• Current hospitalizations: 143 (121 hospitalizations involved COVID-19 positive individuals and 22 involved people under investigation for the virus).

• New deaths: One.

• Total number of deaths: 100 (99 resident deaths and a single nonresident death).

• Statewide tests conducted: 878,622.

• Statewide positivity rate across the past seven days: 7.91%, down from 8.31%.