Kodiak’s active cases of COVID-19 have dipped under 100 for the first time in weeks, and are at their lowest point since more than a month ago. 

There are now 69 active cases of the virus in the borough after the Kodiak Emergency Operations Center reported 12 new cases on Tuesday, and 39 cases finished their quarantine periods. Two people are currently hospitalized with the virus. 

On Nov. 20, just a day after Kodiak’s mask mandate went into effect, there were 63 active cases. In the next report from the EOC, active cases rose to 77 and eventually crested at 311 on Dec. 11. 

They’ve fallen since then, but are still far higher than anything Kodiak experienced before November. 

Of the 12 new cases reported yesterday, six were tested on Monday, one on Sunday and five on Saturday. Eight are close contacts of previous cases. Three are attributed to community spread. The other is a non-resident, travel-related case. 

Since the start of the pandemic, 884 cases have been reported in Kodiak Island Borough. Five people have died of the virus. 

Elsewhere in the state, the Municipality of Anchorage decided to loosen its hunker-down order starting on Jan. 1. Bars, restaurants and breweries will be able to operate at 25% capacity, while gyms and fitness centers and most retail shops can be at 50% capacity. 

Anchorage, like Kodiak and the rest of the state, has seen a significant decline in cases recently. 

“New case counts are down and decreasing, due to the collective sacrifices required by our previous emergency order and the individual actions of residents,” the text of Anchorage’s new order read. 

As of Tuesday afternoon, 13,271 doses of COVID vaccine had been given: 12,478 were Pfizer and 793 were Moderna. 

The state’s Department of Health and Social Services reported one new death from the virus on Tuesday, bringing the state’s total death count to 200. The department also reported 210 new cases of the virus in Alaska residents on Tuesday. Seven others were found in non-Alaska residents.

Of the residents, 64 were in Anchorage, 33 in Eagle River, 28 in Wasilla, 23 in Fairbanks, 13 in Palmer, eight in Kodiak, six in North Pole, four in the Dillingham Census Area, three in Soldotna, three in Ketchikan, three in Bethel, three in the Valdez-Cordova Census Area, two in Chugiak, two in the northern Kenai Peninsula Borough, two in Delta Junction, two in the Bethel Census Area, and one each in Kenai, Seward, Tok, Big Lake, Utqiagvik, Craig, Sitka, Dillingham, Nome Census Area, North Slope Borough and Northwest Arctic Borough.

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