KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Ketchikan Public Health officials reported 51 new COVID-19 cases between Friday evening and Tuesday evening, according to an update on the KPH information dashboard.

The dashboard was not updated on Monday — as per the regular update schedule of Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays — due to weather conditions that closed the Ketchikan Public Health Center.

KPH Nurse Manager Jen Bergen confirmed to the Daily News on Tuesday that a dashboard update will still be made on Wednesday.

As of the most recent update to the dashboard at 4:25 p.m. Tuesday, 77 local cases were active, and one individual was shown to be locally hospitalized due to COVID-19.

In the past seven days, local health officials have counted 143 cases.

Ketchikan's average number of newly identified cases per 100,000 population was 1,045.55, according to the dashboard — more than ten times higher than the baseline average daily case rate that defines the highest virus risk level set by the state Department of Health and Social Services.

The complete KPH information dashboard can be found at

Test results obtained through the use of at-home COVID-19 antigen test kits are not counted in the community's totals of new cases, total cases or active cases, according local and statewide public health officials.

Metlakatla update

The Annette Island Service Unit reported nine new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, according to a Metlakatla Indian Community notice released that evening.

Metlakatla remained at Community Alert Level 3: High, the highest level of Metlakatla's COVID-19 plan. At that level, businesses are required to operate under pre-approved mitigation plans to remain open.

At Level 3, masks are required in public spaces, and gatherings are limited to 20 people, according to the announcement, which also indicated that only "urgent/emergent" patients would be seen in Metlakatla's clinic.

As of Tuesday, 42 cases were active in Metlakatla. Since the start of the pandemic, 234 COVID-19 cases have been charted in Metlakatla.

All three Annette Island School District schools — Richard Johnson Elementary School, Charles Leask Middle School and Metlakatla High School — began remote learning on Monday due to an outbreak of COVID-19 in the community.

The switch to remote learning is set to run through Friday, according to a letter to district staff and families from AISD Superintendent M. Taw Lindsey.

A separate social media post by the AISD outlined the affect that the remote learning schedule had on planned practices and activities at Metlakatla High School.

"It is our belief that as a district and on a regional level that students should be in the classroom in order to participate in extracurricular activities, including practices and competition," the statement read.

All practices were canceled for this week, and the Metlakatla Chiefs and Miss Chiefs basketball teams will not be traveling to Kodiak for games. A "mini DDF meet" scheduled for Friday also was postponed.

"As a school we are trying to give the students as much normalcy as possible," according to the statement. "Instead of saying these events are canceled, we are doing our best to reschedule. This does not guarantee that they will happen this season, but we will do our best to give our students as much of a season as possible."

Craig City School District update

All Craig City School District schools continue to use remote learning methods through this week, according to a Tuesday afternoon email to the Daily News from CCSD Superintendent Chris Reitan.

"CCSD will analyze the situation at the end of this week and make a determination about our instructional model (in-person or distance) for the week of January 11- 21, 2022," Reitan wrote.

 Craig Elementary School, Craig Middle School and Craig High School all shifted to remote learning late last week due to positive cases and close contacts within the school, as well as an islandwide spike in virus cases.

 — Compiled by Daily News Staff Writer Raegan Miller