Craig Case Reported NOT Ketchikan - P.O.W. Report

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Craig Case Reported NOT Ketchikan

Editor: There was some confusion yesterday on the Corona case and was originally reported as being in Ketchikan, turns out the person was from out of state and after having been tested in Ketchikan traveled to POW. There are some rumors floating around that said person may-or-may not have visited bars and other venues before the test results came in. On a positive story the raw results of Covid testing are showing it is not as deadly as has been previously reported when the pandemic began. 

From the City of Craig:

The City of Craig was notified today of a new confirmed COVID-19 case in Craig. The individual was tested in Ketchikan as part of the airport screening process and traveled from Ketchikan to Prince of Wales over the weekend. Their test results came back positive. The individual is currently in Craig, but is not a Craig resident. They are currently in Craig and have been contacted by Public Health regarding quarantine, isolation, and contacts.

Also from the City of Craig, though this post doesn't reflect the now new confirmed case:

COVID-19 Testing for Prince of Wales as of June 10, 2020:

Total Tests: 270
Positive Tests: 2 (both in Craig in April)
Negative Tests: 261
Pending Tests: 7

Full Press Release from Craig:

Craig City staff was notified by Alaska Public Health on Wednesday, June 10th that they had received notice of the third confirmed COVID-19 case in Craig. The Division of Public Health and the Alaska Section of Epidemiology are currently conducting a case investigation and has started contact tracing to determine how the patient was exposed and the potential scope of contacts.

The Craig Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was notified that the third case is an out of state worker. The patient flew into Ketchikan over the weekend and was screened and tested at the Ketchikan Airport according to the revised State Mandate 10.1 which covers travelers from out of state. The patient then traveled to Craig and upon notification of the positive test result was contacted by Public Health regarding quarantine and isolation. Public Health officials will conduct an investigation and will contact any persons who were in contact with the patient.

The Craig Emergency Operations Center staff will continue to meet and will determine what actions need to be taken in light of this confirmed case in Craig.

With summer upon us, we are strongly advising residents to follow all health mandates and advisories to reduce the risk of spreading the virus in Craig. These measures include:

• Maintain good social distancing at all times keeping at least six feet between persons
• Keep all trips for non-essential services to a minimum to avoid contact and wear a face mask/covering when you do need to make trips
• Stay home as much as possible
• Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face as much as possible
• If you have symptoms or have a temperature of 100.4° F or higher contact your

primary healthcare provider and self-isolate immediately
The City of Craig Emergency Operations Center will continue to work with Alaska Public Health and Ketchikan Emergency Operations Center and will provide updated information as it is available.

Twenty new cases of COVID-19 reported in nine Alaska communities; two new nonresident cases

June 10, 2020 ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) today announced 20 new cases of COVID-19 in nine communities: Anchorage (7), Homer (5), Eagle River (2), Nikiski (1), Seward (1), Sitka (1), Soldotna (1), Wasilla (1) and Kenai Peninsula Borough (1). This brings the total number of Alaska cases to 593.

Two new nonresident cases were also identified yesterday. One case was a seafood worker in the Kenai Peninsula Borough. The other case was a visitor who tested positive at the Juneau International Airport. This the first nonresident case for the City and Borough of Juneau which issued a press release about it today. This brings the total number of nonresident cases to 51.

Six of the Alaska cases reported today are employees of the Alaska Marine Highway System’s (AMHS) M/V Tustumena. Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities announced these cases yesterday which brings the total number of AMHS crew members who tested positive for COVID-19 to seven. They have all been directed to isolate and DHSS Public Health Nursing is providing health guidance and will be monitoring them throughout their illness. Three positive crew members remain in isolation on board the Tustumena and four positive crew members left the vessel to isolate at other locations using private transportation. The four who left the Tustumena received guidance from DHSS on how to isolate to ensure the safety of others.

Of the new Alaska cases, 14 are male and six are female. Five are aged 20-29; four are aged 30-39; four are aged 40-49; five are aged 50-59 and two are aged 60-69. There have been a total of 49 hospitalizations and 11 deaths with no new hospitalizations or deaths reported yesterday. Recovered cases now total 392, with three new recovered cases recorded yesterday. A total of 67,720 tests have been conducted.

This report reflects data from 12:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on June 9 that posted at noon today on the Alaska Coronavirus Response Hub. Please note that upon further investigation and interviews, data points for cases – such as the date and residence – may on occasion change on the data dashboard after they are announced.

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