Ketchikan, Alaska (KINY) - The Ketchikan EOC has received additional information about a positive COVID-19 case that is important for Ketchikan residents to know.
An individual arrived in Ketchikan on June 13, was administered a COVID-19 test at the traveler testing site, and was instructed by the test collector to quarantine until receiving test results.
From information received by the EOC, this individual did not quarantine but instead attended several social gatherings and public places on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday before being notified of the positive result on Tuesday.
The social gatherings and public places that this individual attended were also attended by many of Ketchikan’s youth, families, and citizens.
As soon as the positive test result was received by the health care provider, the individual was notified of the positive result and was directed to isolate. A public health nurse contacted the individual and began the contact investigation. The individual will be monitored daily by Public Health until released from isolation.
The contact trace investigation is ongoing, and at this time has identified many close contacts of this positive case.
Because this individual did not quarantine after arrival to Ketchikan as directed, there is the potential of a wide community spread of COVID-19.
The City of Ketchikan has announced that out of an abundance of caution due to close and secondary contacts to the positive case, many departments have been affected.
The following actions are being taken in order to break the chain of the potential spread of COVID-19 in the community: KPU Customer Service in the Plaza will be closed for a minimum of two weeks, and multiple city department heads and employees are self-quarantining and working from home.
The effects of the social gatherings are far-reaching and there has been a broad ripple effect to many citizens and organizations. The EOC urges citizens to consider the social gatherings that you’ve participated in since Saturday, June 13.
If you think you may have attended an event or gathering where social distancing was not being followed or where individuals who recently traveled were in attendance, please consider self-quarantining for a period of 14 days.