Two new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Kodiak on Thursday, bringing the total number of positive cases to 21. The island has seen five cases in three days.
“Luckily, all of these cases are really well isolated,” Kodiak’s public health nurse, Elsa DeHart, said on Thursday during the weekly Kodiak Emergency Services Council live update streamed online.
Three of the cases came from members of the same family who tested positive for the virus. DeHart said the family members have been isolated.
Of the cases reported Thursday, one was a Kodiak resident who was tested off-island and will isolate off-island. The other case is a travel-related nonresident who has been isolated since arriving on the island.
Five of Kodiak’s 21 cases are considered active.
On Thursday morning, the KESC signed a proclamation endorsing the wearing of masks when inside buildings or when social-distancing outdoors is not possible among non-household members.
“A COVID-19 carrier likely asymptomatic wearing a mask is less than 1.5% chance of spreading the disease to someone wearing a mask,” said KESC Director Mike Tvenge at the Thursday meeting.
He said that city and borough mayors met with Alaska Airlines representatives on Tuesday to discuss policies on the aircraft and in the Kodiak airport terminal.
The airline is requiring passengers to wear a mask while on the plane and in the Kodiak terminal.
Free COVID-19 testing is available at the Kodiak Area Native Association and Kodiak Island Ambulatory Care Clinic.
Statewide COVID-19 numbers are also increasing, with 120 new cases and one new death reported in Alaska on Thursday.
Of the total, 84 are residents and 36 are nonresidents.
Of total residents, 42 are from Anchorage; seven each are from the Northwest Arctic Borough and Wasilla; six are from Fairbanks; four each are from Palmer, Soldotna, two each are from Juneau, Kotzebue and Big Lake; and one each are from Bethel Census Area, Eagle River, City of Kenai, Kodiak Island, Fairbanks North Star Borough, Unalaska, Utquagvik and the Yakutat/Hoonah-Angoon Census Areas.
Of the nonresidents, one was from Anchorage and is still under investigation, 23 were recorded in the seafood industry in Seward, one was a visitor in Soldotna and two nonresident cases were recorded in Fairbanks and are still under investigation. One case in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough was a visitor in Wasilla. In Juneau, three of the nonresident cases were in the seafood industry, while one was a visitor.
Four of the cases are still under investigation and the locations are unknown.
According to an Alaska Department of Health press release, three duplicate resident cases have been removed, which brings the total number of Alaska resident cases to 2,878. The total number of nonresident cases is 681.