Ketchikan EOC reports 2 new COVID-19 cases

    Ketchikan, Alaska (KINY) - Two new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Ketchikan on Tuesday.

    Both individuals sought testing due to experiencing symptoms, and are related to two different congregate setting facilities. 

    Both individuals have been notified of the positive test result, have been directed to isolate, and are being monitored by healthcare providers.

    The source of the first positive case is under investigation. 

    This individual is a staff member of a congregate setting facility. 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 Nov. 12 announcement.

    Public Health has begun the contact investigation, and will coordinate with the positive individual to reach out to anyone identified as close contacts, and advise those close contacts to quarantine for 14 days. The staff is working closely with the EOC and Public Health.

    The source of the second positive case was determined to be by community spread. This individual is involved with a separate congregate setting facility. This facility has a COVID-19 mitigation plan in place and has been operating under the plan. Public Health has begun the contact investigation, and will coordinate with the positive individual to reach out to anyone identified as close contacts, and advise those close contacts to quarantine for 14 days. The staff is working closely with the EOC and Public Health.

    Close contacts should receive a phone call either from Public Health or from the individual who tested positive. Anyone with questions or concerns whether you are a close contact to a known positive case is welcome to call Public Health at 225-4350.

    There are currently no hospitalizations. The individual previously admitted to the COVID-19 unit has been discharged.

    Today’s cases bring the cumulative COVID-19 case count, including travelers, to 191.

    Twenty cases are still active, and 158 have recovered.  

     

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