Covid

JACK BARNWELL/Kodiak Daily Mirror

Peterson Elementary school nurse Hayley Yawn prepares a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Aug. 26. 

The Kodiak Emergency Operations Center reported 24 new known COVID cases during its Tuesday update. The update brings the total active case count to 112, up from Monday’s total of 98.

According to the report, half of the 24 new cases reported from Friday, Saturday and Monday were caused by community spread.

Two cases tested Friday were classified as close contact with a previously reported case. Of the two cases reported Saturday, one was classified as community spread and the other was a close contact.

The EOC reported 20 cases were tested Monday, including 11 classified as community spread, eight as close contact transmission and one as travel-related. 

As of Tuesday, there were two people in Kodiak hospitalized with COVID or COVID-related symptoms.

This brings the total number of COVID cases associated with Kodiak to 1,768 since the start of the pandemic.

A mask mandate remains in effect for all public indoor activities and venues regardless of vaccination status. The EOC continues to recommend that people stay home if they feel ill, to maintain social distancing from those outside their household or immediate circle and get tested if they might have had close contact with someone who has COVID.

As part of its effort to help vaccinate the community, the Kodiak Island Borough School District will be hosting a walk-in vaccination clinic in the Kodiak High School Auditorium foyer on Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for both students and the general public.

School district nurses will be on hand to administer vaccines to any student between 12 and 18, while the Kodiak Public Health nurse will administer to members of the public. 

Students under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The school district said it does not maintain a stance on vaccination and isn’t making it mandatory for students or employees.

“We only seek to provide an additional opportunity for those who are interested and eligible,” the district said in a statement.

 

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