Ketchikan, Alaska (KINY) - There are four new positive cases of COVID-19 in Ketchikan today.
One of the cases was reported on the evening of Nov. 23, and is an asymptomatic person who sought testing as part of their employer’s mitigation protocol. This individual has been notified of the positive result and placed in isolation. The source of this case has been determined to be by community spread.
Two of the cases are related to travel, and the individuals arrived into Ketchikan on Nov. 21. Both of these people have been notified of the positive result and have been instructed to isolate. One of these individuals is symptomatic and the other is currently asymptomatic.
The fourth individual sought testing at a local clinic due to experiencing symptoms. This person has been notified of the positive result and has been placed in isolation. The source of this case has been determined to be community spread.
The contact investigations for all four cases have been completed and close contacts have been identified, contacted, and advised to quarantine for 14 days.
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.
The case announced on Nov. 23 that was pending investigation has been determined to be a close contact to a known positive case.
There are no reports of any individuals hospitalized today in the PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center COVID-19 unit.
Today’s cases bring the cumulative COVID-19 case count, including travelers, to 202. The number of positive cases of individuals residing or staying in Ketchikan is 189.
Of the 189 cases, 12 are still active, and 177 have recovered.