Ketchikan, Alaska (KINY) - There are 10 new COVID-19 cases in Ketchikan, and seven of the 10 cases were identified through tests conducted at the drive-up testing site on Saturday, Nov 7.
All seven are symptomatic. Of these seven cases, four were determined to be close contact to a known positive case, one was travel-related, one was determined to be community spread, and one case is still under investigation.
Three of the 10 cases were identified through local clinics today. Two of these individuals sought testing related to experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. One individual is asymptomatic and sought testing as part of their employer-required testing program. All three of these cases are still under investigation as to the source.
There were no new hospitalizations reported today, and two of the previous four hospitalized individuals have been discharged. Two individuals remain hospitalized.
The newly identified positives have been notified of the positive test results, have been directed to isolate, and are being monitored by healthcare providers. Public Health has begun the contact investigations and will be coordinating with the individuals who tested positive to reach out to the individuals identified as close contacts to the positive cases and advise them to quarantine for 14 days. Close contacts will receive a phone call either from Public Health or from the individual who tested positive.
Today’s cases bring the cumulative COVID-19 case count, including travelers, to 171. The number of positive cases of individuals residing or staying in Ketchikan is 159. Of the 159 cases, 74 are still active, and 85 have recovered.
Ketchikan’s Community Risk Level remains at Level 3 – High.