Ketchikan, Alaska (KINY) - Two workers at Ketchikan seafood processing plants have tested positive for COVID-19 and are now in isolation.
The first individual had been tested twice since arriving in Ketchikan. They tested negative on June 15 and tested positive on Monday. The person is asymptomatic.
The second person arrived in Ketchikan on June 20, has been self-quarantined, and became symptomatic on Monday. He received a positive test result on Monday.
Both individuals have been contacted by health care providers with notification of the positive result, have been placed in isolation, and are being monitored by healthcare providers.
Public Health officials have been notified and will begin the contact investigation today and reach out to any person who may have come into contact with these individuals. 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 CDC and State of Alaska priorities.
Both of these seafood processing plants have a COVID-19 mitigation plan in place and are actively maintaining and operating under the plan. The purpose of the plans is to detect the presence of COVID-19 at an early stage and mitigate the risk to other employees and individuals. This has been done through the systematic testing and isolation of the affected individuals.
These cases bring the cumulative COVID-19 case count, including travelers, to 27. The number of positive cases of individuals residing or staying in Ketchikan is 23. Of the 23 cases, 18 have recovered.
Current information on the response to COVID-19 in Ketchikan is available at www.kgbak.us/COVID-19-Response. Information on COVID-19 is available through the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) at www.covid19.alaska.gov.