The Kodiak Emergency Operations Center on Tuesday announced two new cases of COVID-19, both of which have been confirmed to be U.S. Coast Guard personnel who have not been recently deployed. 

“Those members have been isolated and the command has begun the contact tracing process” to identify the origins of the exposure and notify others who have been in close proximity to the two cases, said Petty Officer 1st Class Ali Blackburn, a Coast Guard public affairs officer.

She said the two confirmed cases are personnel from Air Station Kodiak. One case is symptomatic with mild symptoms and the other is asymptomatic. 

The Air Station was first notified by a crew member who began feeling sick on Sept. 25. Neither of the two crew members who later tested positive came into work after they reported feeling symptoms. 

After the positive cases were announced, all non-duty personnel were requested by the commanding officer to stay home while areas on base were disinfected, Blackburn said.

“We are still assessing the environment and making those decisions based on the best available information and guidance,” she said, adding that their goal is to “limit any outside factor that would impact our mission readiness.”

The two cases mark the second occurrence of COVID-19 on the Coast Guard base. In June, a USCG member who traveled to Kodiak from out of state returned a positive result when they were tested prior to entering Alaska. 

The two new cases bring the island’s total case count to 76, with three considered active. 

Also on Tuesday, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services announced 120 new COVID-19 cases in the state. 

Of the total, 118 were residents: 59 from Anchorage, 12 from Fairbanks, 11 from Wasilla, eight from Palmer, seven from Utqiaġvik, six from Eagle River, two from Kotzebue, two from the Northwest Arctic Borough, two from Sitka, two from Soldotna, and one each in Aleutians West Census Area, Anchor Point, Bristol Bay and Lake Peninsula Boroughs, Chugiak, Juneau, Ketchikan and Valdez.  

Two new nonresident cases were reported in Anchorage with one visitor and one labeled “purpose unknown.”  

According to a department press release, six resident cases have been added and one nonresident case has been subtracted from the data dashboard through data verification procedures. 

“This brings the total number of Alaska resident cases to 7,721 and the total number of nonresident cases to 953. The current statewide alert level, based on the average daily case rate for the past 14 days, is high,” said the press release.

There have been a total of 288 hospitalizations and 56 deaths, with no new deaths reported on Monday. Individuals who no longer require isolation (recovered cases) total 3,865.

There are currently 36 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 who are hospitalized and 13 additional patients who are considered persons under investigation for a total of 49 current COVID-related hospitalizations. Seven of these patients are on ventilators.  

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