As COVID-19 continues to trend downward in Kodiak, one new positive case was reported on Wednesday, bringing the island's total number of active cases to 10.

The new case, tested on Feb. 12, is considered travel related.

There have been 1,057 total cases on the island since the beginning of the pandemic, as well as 42 hospitalizations and five deaths. Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center currently has no hospitalizations related to the virus.

The Kodiak Emergency Operations Center will hold a free vaccination clinic on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to provide first-dose vaccines to those in Phases 1A and 1B, Tiers 1 and 2. A full list of eligibility criteria is listed on the Department of Health and Social Services website. 

Anyone interested must make an appointment by registering online at covidvax.alaska.gov

There will be 300 appointments available for vaccinations on Saturday by appointment only. The vaccination clinic will be located on Marine Way in the Harbormaster parking lot, with parking available on the spit at Oscar’s Dock.

The vaccine administered will be the Pfizer vaccine, which requires a second dose 21 days later. 

The appointment for the second dose will be scheduled upon arrival and after check-in. The

second dose will be administered at a subsequent vaccination clinic at the same location.

New guidelines released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that vaccinated people who remain asymptomatic do not need to quarantine if named as a close contact to a person infected with COVID-19. 

“The vaccinated persons must be at least two weeks past their second dose and within three months of their last dose to qualify,” the DHSS said in a press release. 

The state now offers free airport testing to residents and nonresidents, following updates to the state’s health orders around interstate and intrastate travel that occurred when the state’s disaster declaration expired on Sunday.

Positive COVID-19 cases continue to decline throughout Alaska. To date, the state has had 54,799 positive COVID-19 cases and 286 deaths. 

On Wednesday, the DHSS reported 40 new cases and one death statewide.  

The southwest region of the state, in which Kodiak is located, has administered more than 19,000 vaccines, compared to 130,997 statewide. The state has been allocated 119,100 vaccines, including 62,400 from Pfizer and 56,700 from Moderna.

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