Ketchikan, Alaska (KINY) - Three new positive cases of COVID-19 in Ketchikan residents have been identified.
The first individual was symptomatic and sought testing yesterday, but results were received after the Monday press release was published and is being reported today. The second case is a resident who was symptomatic and sought testing at a local clinic today.
The third person was asymptomatic and was tested prior to an elective medical/dental procedure.
Two of the positive cases have been determined to be community spread, and the third is still under investigation as to the source. All three 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 a contact investigation and will reach out to any person who may have come into contact with these individuals. Public Health will notify and quarantine additional persons as appropriate.
If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop any symptoms, no matter how minor—such as a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, headache, or body ache—call your healthcare provider for medical advice or use the Testing Hotline and call 247-TEST (8378).
Free COVID-19 Testing is available at the Berth 3 Drive-Up facility during the hours of 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 2:30-4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Please note that the testers are now in a solid wooden building and are no longer using the pop-up tents.
Today’s case brings the cumulative Covid-19 case count, including travelers, to 88. The number of positive cases of individuals residing or staying in Ketchikan is 76 Of the 76 cases, fpir are still active, and 72 have recovered. Despite the three positives,