Kodiak is slowing the spread of COVID-19, at least for now.
Kodiak has not reported a new case of the virus since June 15, and there are currently no active known cases on the island.
The last active case was cleared on July 21, Public Health Nurse Elsa DeHart said. This was almost two weeks after a flurry of five new cases emerged the weekend of June 10, plus the most recent on June 15.
“We’ve done incredibly well as a community keeping the virus out of town,” Mike Tvenge of the Kodiak Emergency Operations Center said, while knocking on the wood podium he stood behind during the center’s weekly update on Thursday.
“Let’s continue this goal. So remember to mask up, stand back and wash your hands.”
There have been lulls in new cases before. Kodiak’s first reported case of COVID-19 emerged on April 15. It was the only instance of the virus until June 2, and it wasn’t until June 26 that the EOC reported more than one case in a day.
Of the 16 known cases on Kodiak, seven have been Alaska residents and nine have not, according to the Kodiak COVID Dashboard. Eight of the cases have been people between the ages of 20 and 29, while the rest have been scattered among age ranges.
Sixty-eight new cases of COVID-19 were reported by Alaska health officials on Thursday, including 65 residents and three nonresidents, bringing the state’s total to 2,192 resident cases and 492 non-resident cases. Of those, 1,386 are still active and 787 have recovered. Nineteen people have died.
The 65 resident cases reported Thursday included 32 residents of the Anchorage Municipality, 14 residents of Fairbanks North Star Borough, eight residents of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, four residents each of the Valdez-Cordova Census Area and the Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area, and one resident each of the Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Northwest Arctic Borough and Kenai Peninsula Borough.
The locations of the three nonresidents was unclear. One was in the state as a mining industry worker, and the reason for the other two being in Alaska remained unclear.
No new deaths were reported Thursday, with the most recent being a Fairbanks woman in her 80s with underlying health conditions whose death was linked to COVID-19 and announced Wednesday.