Three people have been hospitalized at Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center with COVID-19, the Kodiak Emergency Operations Center announced on Friday.
Public health officials also reported 15 new positive cases of the virus on Friday and five more on Saturday, bringing the total number of active cases to 99.
Of the Friday cases, three were classified as community spread. Nine were close contacts of previously reported cases. Two were travel related, and one is still under investigation. All five of the cases reported on Saturday are still under investigation.
Kodiak has reported 276 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.
The three hospitalizations are among the first in Kodiak. They caused the hospital to enact surge plans. Most outpatient services are canceled and more COVID-19 beds have been added.
The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reported 637 new cases of COVID-19 statewide on Sunday.
Of the new cases among Alaska residents, 226 were in Anchorage, 96 in Wasilla, 83 in the Bethel Census Area, 60 in Fairbanks, 31 in Palmer, 13 in North Pole, 12 in Eagle River, 11 in Juneau, 11 in Homer, 11 in Kenai, nine in Bethel, eight in Kodiak, seven in the Kusilvak Census Area, six in Sitka, four in the Aleutians East Borough, four in Nome, three in Girdwood, three in Soldotna, three in Utqiagvik, three in Kotzebue, three in the Valdez-Cordova Census Area, three in the Fairbanks North Star Borough, two each in Chugiak, Sterling and Big Lake, and one each in Anchor Point, Valdez, Healy, Tok, Ketchikan, Petersburg, Dillingham, Chevak, the southern portion of the Kenai Peninsula Borough, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Yakutat and Hoonah-Angoon. One was classified as unknown.
Also Friday, the DHSS reported that a commercial lab in Alaska had failed to report test results to the state for the past four weeks, until Wednesday, “resulting in significant underestimates in case rates.”
“Test results were communicated to the person tested,” the state’s announcement said.
“Of 13,169 tests, 1,636 were positive, including 357 positives in Anchorage and 880 positives in Mat-Su. As these positive tests are checked for repeats and individually added to case counts, cases will rise particularly in those boroughs for the last four weeks. Many of these tests were performed in the last two weeks.”