An audit of COVID-19 case information by the Kodiak Department of Public Health has revealed one new positive case on the island, and removed a previous case that was erroneously attributed to Kodiak.
The case that was assigned in error to Kodiak was reassigned to Eagle River, said Kodiak Public Health Nurse Bonny Weed.
The new positive case is still under investigation.
This brings the case count associated with the Kodiak Island Borough to 98 with four cases classified as active, the Kodiak Area Emergency Services Organization said in a news release.
The new positive case that is under investigation has led to confusion because the test was conducted by a COVID-19 testing company that does not have a branch in town, Weed said.
The person who tested positive is reported to have a P.O. Box in Kodiak but has an out-of-state phone number, and after multiple attempts, the state has not yet been able to contact the patient.
“Some people don’t want to give any information and there isn't any mechanism right now that I'm aware of for the state to legally go after someone,” Weed said.
On Tuesday, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services announced 215 new people identified with COVID-19 in Alaska, with 213 reported as residents and two as nonresidents.
Of the total residents, 111 are from Anchorage; 21 from Wasilla; 18 in Fairbanks; 19 in Bethel; six each in Juneau, Soldotna and Utqiagvik; four in Eagle River; three in Kenai; two each in Homer, Healy, Palmer, Northwest Arctic Borough, Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area, Skagway, Bethel Census Area and Valdez-Cordova Census Area; and one each in Anchor Point, Chugiak, Chevak,Kodiak, Kotzebue, Kenai Peninsula Borough North, Kenai Peninsula Borough South, Mat-Su Borough, Nome Census Area, North Pole, Seward, Sterling; and one location still under investigation.
Two new nonresident cases, both with purposes still under investigation, were also identified on Tuesday, with one in Anchorage and one location under investigation.
Two resident cases and one nonresident case were removed from the data dashboard through data verification procedures. This brings the total number of Alaska resident cases to 11,393 and the total number of nonresident cases to 1,039.
There have been a total of 366 hospitalizations and 67 deaths, with five new hospitalizations and no new deaths reported. Individuals who no longer require isolation total 6,042.
There are currently 38 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 who are hospitalized for a total of 38 current COVID-related hospitalizations. Ten of these patients are on ventilators.