Kodiak announced its fifth confirmed positive COVID-19 case on Tuesday.
According to a press release published by the Kodiak Emergency Services Council, public health officials have made contact with the individual and will continue to monitor their condition to ensure self-isolation and care.
Public health officials are also beginning their contact investigation and will reach out to any person who may have come into close contact with the infected individual. They will notify and isolate additional people as appropriate.
Kodiak Public Health Nurse Elsa DeHart said the new case appears to have been contracted through community transmission, but she added that the investigation is still ongoing.
More information about the case will be released on Thursday.
So far, 1,342 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Kodiak
On Tuesday, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reported 12 new positive COVID-19 cases statewide, not including Kodiak’s positive case. The total number of positive cases in Alaska has reached 676. The state has also had 429 recovered cases with 54 hospitalizations and 12 deaths. One new hospitalization was reported on Monday.
The new cases occurred in nine communities, with four in Anchorage, and one each in Bethel Census Area, City of Kenai, Eagle River, Girdwood, Homer, Soldotna, the South Kenai Peninsula Borough and Wasilla.
One new nonresident case was also identified Monday in a seafood industry worker in Anchorage, bringing the total number of nonresident cases to 77.
A total of 76,215 tests have been conducted statewide. The average percentage of daily positive tests for the previous three days was 0.51%, according to an Alaska Department of Health and Social Services press release.
The Kodiak ESC recommends that people remain at home and contact a medical provider if they feel sick or suspect that they may be infected with the virus.
For those who are not sick, the ESC recommends to wash hands often, clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily, keep social circles and gatherings small, wear a mask or face covering when out in public, and maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet when out in public.