Here is a recap of last week’s COVID data and related announcements:

• There were 217 known, active COVID cases on Kodiak as of Sept. 24, down 6% from the day before, according to the Emergency Operations Center.  

• Of the 161 new cases reported in Kodiak last week, 55 of them were in children. Of those, 37 were in kids nine years old or younger, according to Aaren Ellsworth. The Kodiak resident has been looking at datasets in the information supplied by the EOC for more than a year now.

• Across all demographics, 80 people have been hospitalized because of COVID or COVID-related symptoms in Kodiak since the start of the outbreak. Three of those people were still hospitalized as of Friday, according to the Emergency Operations Center.

• There currently is an estimated 1,000 to 1,100 people being diagnosed with COVID every day in the state of Alaska, according to Louisa Castrodale, an epidemiologist with the State of Alaska Division of Public Health.

• Alaska is at nine times the rate of COVID infection and spread for what is considered “high alert” as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to Anne Zink, the chief medical officer for the state of Alaska.

• On Wednesday, Gov. Mike Dunleavy declared that the Alaska health care system would start operating on what is called “Crisis Standards of Care” which, among other things, allows for rationing of hospital beds based on who is most likely to survive.

• Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center is seeking 20 temporary health care workers as part of 400 that are being distributed throughout the state by government officials. The status of its request was unknown as of late last week.

• Kodiak currently has a mask mandate, put in effect by the Emergency Services Council and applying to anyone in indoor spaces. Despite the language stating that businesses must abide by it, they do not have to enforce it.

• If COVID cases in Kodiak continue to rise, the Emergency Services Council may consider enacting a mandate limiting the size of indoor gatherings, said Meagan Christiansen, spokeswoman for the ESC. The ESC did not enact such a mandate at its last meeting, which was on Sept. 9.

• The Emergency Services Council will decide when to meet at the start of this week, according to Kodiak Mayor Pat Branson, who is a member of the ESC.

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