The number of known active COVID cases on Kodiak decreased by another 2% Wednesday, from 194 on Tuesday to 190 on Wednesday, according to data supplied by the Emergency Operations Center. 

Between Oct. 1 and Oct. 6, there have been 16 new cases reported on the island, according to the Emergency Operations Center. All new reports are being classified as community spread.

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 2,288 confirmed cases of COVID on the island, according to the Emergency Operations Center.

Based on EOC data, Kodiak has, proportionally, 1,142 active COVID infections per 100,000 people, according to data supplied by Kodiak resident Aaren Ellsworth. Because the test positivity rate in Kodiak is 12%, she believes that the case count on Kodiak is significantly underreported. 

Ellsworth has been independently analyzing data presented by the Emergency Operations Center since the pandemic began.

On Wednesday, the New York Times reported that Kodiak has the second-highest number of COVID cases per capita in the country. Using data provided from state and federal agencies — not the Emergency Operations Center — the Times concluded that the COVID infection rate on the island is proportional to 209 active cases per 100,000 people. The place with the highest rate of COVID infections per capita — McCreary, Kentucky — has 211 active cases per 100,000, the Times reported.

In total, there have been 84 local hospitalizations for reasons associated with COVID since the start of the pandemic. Seven people on the island have died because of complications related to the virus.

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