One of Friday’s two positive COVID-19 cases in Kodiak was a Coast Guard service member. The patient had traveled from out-of-state to Kodiak and was required to be tested prior to entering Alaska. The patient is currently in quarantine.
“The member was following Base Kodiak guidelines for new personnel reporting to Kodiak Island and immediately went into a quarantine status upon arrival and was still in quarantine at the time the positive test result was received,” Lauren Dean, a Coast Guard public affairs officer, said in a written statement.
Contact-tracing was performed and the case appears to be an isolated incident, Dean said, adding that the Coast Guard Base Kodiak Rockmore-King Clinic and leadership were notified as soon as the positive test result was confirmed.
When a positive case is identified in the Coast Guard, the patient is expected to have been following protocol outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state mandates, such as isolating themselves, and getting treated at a local hospital if necessary.
In a press release published by the Kodiak Emergency Services Organization, following contact-tracing of the two cases, Friday’s other positive COVID-19 case was determined to have been contracted through community spread from close contact with a previously confirmed case.
On Monday, Alaska saw its highest daily count of COVID-19 cases with a combined 48 cases confirmed in residents and nonresidents.
A total of 36 state residents tested positive for the disease, including 22 from Anchorage, five from the Fairbanks North Star Borough, five from the Kenai Peninsula Borough, two from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, and one each from the City and Borough of Juneau and the Valdez-Cordova Census Area.
This brings the total number of state residents to have tested positive for the disease to 940.
About 42% of those cases remain active, up from Monday’s 40%.
Twelve new cases have been confirmed in nonresidents, more than half of which are seafood workers.
The nonresident cases include five seafood workers from the combined Bristol Bay and Lake and Peninsula boroughs, two seafood workers in the Sitka City and Borough, one seafood worker in the Dillingham Census Area, two tourists in the Kenai Peninsula Borough and one individual each in the Anchorage Municipality and Kenai Peninsula Borough whose reason to be in the state remains unknown.
This brings the total nonresident case count to 194. It remains unknown how many of these cases remain active.