The number of known, active COVID cases on Kodiak has been increasing at a double-digit rate this week, and the total count has gone from 224 on Monday to 252 on Wednesday.

Last week, the number of known, active cases increased by 24%, according to the Emergency Operations Center.

On Wednesday, the EOC announced 28 cases that tested positive between Sept. 22 and Sept. 29. Of those, 15 were classified as community spread and 11 of them were the result of close contact with a previously reported case.

During the past few months, community spread has been accounting for a greater percentage of COVID infections. However, close contact is still the leading cause of transmission, according to numbers provided by the Emergency Services Center.

The total number of known cases on Kodiak since the start of the pandemic is now at 2,155, and there have been 83 hospitalizations associated with COVID. Currently, three of those people are still hospitalized, the Emergency Operations Center reported. Additionally, seven people have died because of reasons associated with COVID since the start of the pandemic, according to the EOC.

The Kodiak Public Health Center is hosting a vaccine clinic today (Thursday) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Kodiak High School. People ages 12 and older can receive either their first or second shot of Pfizer. The Pfizer vaccine has been approved for ages 12 and up by both the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

On Sept. 22, Gov. Mike Dunleavy declared the state in Crisis Standards of Care. The Emergency Services Council, which is in charge of Kodiak’s COVID response, has not met since then. 

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