Ketchikan, Alaska (KINY) - There were six new COVID-19 cases identified in Ketchikan on Thursday.
Four of the cases were identified through local clinics, and two were identified through the airport traveler testing site. Of the two travel-related cases, both arrived on Nov. 11, both are currently asymptomatic, one individual is staying locally, and one individually was not staying locally.
Of the four cases identified through clinics, all four are symptomatic and are close contacts to a known positive case and had been under quarantine. All of these individuals 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 coordinate with the positive individuals to reach out to anyone identified as close contacts, and advise those close contacts to quarantine for 14 days. 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 can call Public Health at 225-4350.
One patient who had been hospitalized due to COVID-19 illness has improved and was discharged today. Another individual who tested positive to COVID-19 was admitted to the hospital today. That individual remains hospitalized in the COVID-19 unit in Ketchikan.
Update on previously reported positive cases pending investigation: Regarding the four cases reported on Nov. 11 that were pending investigation, all four were determined to be close contacts to a known positive case.
Today’s cases bring the cumulative COVID-19 case count, including travelers, to 187. The number of positive cases of individuals residing or staying in Ketchikan is 174.
Of the 174 cases, 55 are still active, and 119 have recovered.