The Kodiak Emergency Operations Center announced the island’s fourth confirmed positive COVID-19 case on Friday. 

Public health officials have made contact with the individual who tested positive and will continue to monitor their condition to ensure self-isolation and care. 

The Kodiak Emergency Operations Center said in a statement that public health officials have also initiated a contact investigation and will reach out to any person who may have come into close contact with this individual. They will notify and isolate additional people if needed.  

“If you have not been contacted it means that any contact you may have had with the individual does not pose a significant risk to your health,” said the press release. 

More information on the case will be released early this week.

This is the first time that Kodiak has had two cases in one week, with three of the island’s four confirmed cases coming this month. 

The first case on the island was announced on April 15, with the other three announced in June. Two cases were travel-related and two were contracted through community spread. 

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services on Sunday announced nine new cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 661 cases and 12 deaths. Three new nonresident cases were also identified in seafood industry workers, bringing the total of nonresident cases to 75. 

The most recent death in Alaska, reported on Friday, was another patient of the Providence Transitional Care Center in East Anchorage. This was the second death associated with the center since the outbreak began at the facility on May 29. 

“Sadly, we are announcing the death of another Alaskan today and I want the individual’s loved ones to know we are thinking of them,” Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink said on Friday.

“Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been especially focused on the extra precautions that are needed to prevent the spread of this disease into our more vulnerable populations, including those in skilled nursing facilities like the PTCC. We will continue to work with Providence Health and Systems Alaska and appreciate all their efforts to keep their patients and staff healthy and safe.”

Public health officials urge residents to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for precautionary measures. 

They also urge community members to self-monitor for symptoms. If symptoms do appear they recommend people to remain at home and contact a healthcare provider. 

Currently, the Kodiak Area Native Association and the Kodiak Island Ambulatory Clinic offer free COVID-19 testing. 

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