New Ketchikan COVID-19 case discovered by traveler testing

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - One new positive test result for COVID-19 has been identified through the traveler testing site at the Ketchikan airport.

    This case brings the cumulative COVID-19 case count, including travelers, to 41. The number of positive cases of individuals residing or staying in Ketchikan is 37. Of the 37 cases, seven are still active, and 30 have recovered.

    This individual is a Ketchikan resident who returned to Ketchikan on July 20, was tested, and was instructed to quarantine until receiving test results. This individual is currently asymptomatic, has been notified of the positive test result, has been directed to isolate, and is being monitored by healthcare providers. An additional household member is also being monitored.

    Public Health officials have been notified and will begin the contact investigation today. Public Health will notify and quarantine additional persons as appropriate.

    Through the contact investigation, Public Health will direct testing of persons that meet criteria based on contact with any confirmed case of COVID-19. Individuals who meet the criteria are being tested in accordance with the CDC and State of Alaska priorities.

    If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop symptoms, such as a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice or use the Testing Hotline and call 247-TEST (8378).

    The EOC Drive-Up COVID-19 Testing Clinic will be open each Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Berth 3.

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