The Kodiak Area Emergency Services Organization on Monday announced seven new positive COVID-19 cases that were detected from Friday afternoon to Monday morning.

This brings the island’s number of active cases to 16, 14 of which have been linked to the U.S. Coast Guard base. 

In light of the rising number of cases, the ESC met on Monday to assess the situation. The council decided that Kodiak would remain at the low risk level, or “green status,” which means the island has low levels of community spread. 

Of the newest cases, four were individuals who were close contacts in previous cases. Three of the four were close contacts of a positive case announced last week and had been in quarantine prior to testing positive, and will remain in isolation, said a press release from the Kodiak Emergency Operations Council 

One case, identified Monday morning, was a resident community-spread case. For two of the cases, the source of exposure is still unknown and the form of transmission is being investigated, the press release said. 

Kodiak Public Health Nurse Bonny Weed said that over the weekend, two of the close-contact cases were identified as children.

“The children who tested positive this weekend are not a source of infection for the school because they have been out of school on quarantine since Monday the 28th of September,” she said.  

While Kodiak remains in green status, Coast Guard Base Kodiak has raised its risk level from yellow to red, according to a statement released by Edward Hernaez, the commanding officer of the base.

In response to the change in risk level, the Coast Guard is closing the Child Development Center, Northern Lights Gym, pool complex and other buildings at the base. 

The letter also said that all active-duty members will assume “limited movement” status until Oct. 17, which requires service members to reduce their social bubbles and movement on base and in the community.  

“Specifically limit your actions outside your house unless you are at work, shopping for essentials, or outside doing yard work or a socially distanced outdoor activity. Outdoor activities like going for a walk/hike, fishing, mountain biking, cycling, etc. are acceptable as long as you can socially distance,” Hernaez said in the statement. 

Meanwhile, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services on Monday announced 197 new cases in the state, the highest daily case count since the pandemic first hit Alaska in mid-March. Monday also marked the 12th day in a row that Alaska has reported more than 100 daily resident cases.

Monday’s count includes 194 residents in 18 communities: 102 in Anchorage; 40 in Fairbanks; 15 in the North Pole; 10 in Eagle River; six in Wasilla; four in Chugiak; three in the Bethel Census area; two each in Juneau, Kodiak and Palmer; and one each in Bethel, Kenai, Kusilvak Census Area, Nome Census Area, Northwest Arctic Borough, Soldotna, Southeast Fairbanks Census Area and Yakutat/Hoonah-Angoon census areas. 

Three new nonresident cases were also reported in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Wasilla.

This brings the total number of Alaska resident cases to 8,613 and the total number of nonresident cases to 974. The current statewide alert level, based on the average daily case rate for the past 14 days, is high.

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