Kodiak reported 21 new cases of COVID-19 over the holiday weekend, according to the Emergency Operations Center. 

Six were reported on Dec. 24, and 15 on Dec. 26. 

Of the cases on Dec. 24, five were close contacts of previous cases and one was attributed to community spread. 

All six of the cases reported on Dec. 24 were tested on Dec. 23.

In the week before, Kodiak had seen 91 new cases, Kodiak Emergency Services Director Mike Tvenge said in a community update. He said Kodiak is averaging about 15 new cases a day, with close contacts being the primary form of transmission. 

“This remains a high number, although we’ve collectively reduced cases from weeks ago. It is quite evident that this community is working together to keep the case count low,” Tvenge said. 

He said the Emergency Services Council, the group of local leaders who make decisions about response to the pandemic, met on the morning of Dec. 24 and agreed to continue with the mask mandate and the 25% occupancy limits on businesses. 

Thanksgiving gatherings caused at least some of the recent spike in cases, and the coming days will tell if the same happens after Christmas. 

“Hopefully we will not see a spike in cases like we did after Thanksgiving,” Tvenge said.

Of the cases reported on Dec. 26, 11 were tested on Dec. 23, and four on Dec. 24. Thirteen were close contacts of previous cases, one was travel related and the other was classified as community spread. 

The EOC did not report new cases on Monday, as public health staff are compiling case numbers from other tests over the weekend. More information is expected to be available today. 

With the 21 new cases and others completing quarantine periods, there are now 108 active cases in the borough and two people currently hospitalized with the virus. Since the start of the pandemic, 872 people have tested positive. Five have died. 

On Monday, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services announced 126 new people identified with COVID-19 in Alaska. Two were non-residents.

Of the other 124, 62 were residents in Anchorage, 19 in Wasilla, 13 in Palmer, five in Fairbanks,  four in Eagle River, three in Chugiak, three in Utqiagvik, two in Kodiak, two in North Pole, and one each in Bethel, Bethel Census Area, Juneau, Kenai, Kotzebue, Nikiski, Nome, Soldotna, Valdez-Cordova Census Area/Copper River Basin, Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area and one location still under investigation.

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