The Kodiak Emergency Operations Center reported 16 new COVID cases Tuesday, and a total number of 96 known active cases the day before middle school and high school classes are scheduled to resume following summer break.

The update also comes as the EOC reports that “sadly, one unofficial report of the recent death of a Kodiak resident is being followed up.” Five deaths have already been attributed to COVID or COVID-related symptoms since the start of the pandemic.

The new cases tested positive on Saturday and Monday, according to the EOC update, with 10 of them classified as community spread. 

Ten cases reported Saturday included one close contact and nine community spread. Monday’s cases included one classified community spread, three related to travel and two caused by close contact.

According to the EOC report there are currently no hospitalizations on Kodiak associated with COVID. 

Kodiak continues to maintain a mask mandate for all indoor venues and public spaces. The mandate was issued by the Emergency Services Council on Friday and applies to all grocery and retail stores, schools, churches, restaurants and bars. 

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