Case Count for POW and Alaska as of 8/4/2020 - P.O.W. Report

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Case Count for POW and Alaska as of 8/4/2020

COVID-19 Testing and Case Count for Prince of Wales

Total tests: 1,463
Total Positive Tests: 7*
Total Negative Tests: 1,342
Total Pending Tests: 114

*3 additional cases on Prince of Wales (non-residents) tested positive at the Ketchikan Airport Screening Station.

To date there have been a total of ten positive cases on Prince of Wales:
Resident Cases: 6 (3 in Craig, 3 on POW outside of Craig)
Non-Resident Cases: 4 (2 in Craig, 2 on POW outside of Craig)
Currently Active Cases: 0
Recovered Cases: 10
With the rise in cases statewide and locally, residents and visitors are strongly encouraged to wear masks when in public, wash your hands/sanitize frequently, limit trips to public places when possible, maintain good social distancing and keep you social bubble small.

In order to help with contact tracing in the event that you test positive for COVID-19, you should be aware of the people that you have had close contact with over the past 7 - 14 days.

Thanks to all of our island health care providers for providing this information and for all of the work they do to keep us safe!
Everyone stay safe!

If you have COVID-19 symptoms contact your health care provider.
SEARHC is offering COVID-19 testing to the public on Saturdays. Contact SEARHC for more information.


CASE COUNT SUMMARY, Tuesday, August 4, 2020

DHSS today announced 66 new people with COVID-19 in Alaska. 59 are residents in 14 communities: Anchorage (40), Eagle River (2), Fairbanks (2), Matanuska-Susitna Borough (2), Nome Census Area (2), Palmer (2), Wasilla (2) and one each in Aleutians East Borough, Hooper Bay, JuneauKetchikan, North Pole, Utqiaġvik and Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area. 

Seven new nonresidents were also identified in: 

  • Municipality of Anchorage: 2 with purpose still under investigation in Anchorage
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough: 2 seafood industry in Seward
  • Fairbanks North Star Borough: 1 mining in Fairbanks
  • Location still under investigation: 2 with purpose still under investigation

Five duplicate resident cases were removed and one Valdez case was corrected to a nonresident case bringing the total number of Alaska resident cases to 3,394 and the total number of nonresident cases to 731. 

Of the 59 Alaska residents, 32 are male and 27 are female. Four are under the age of 10; six are aged 10-19; 16 are aged 20-29; 15 are aged 30-39; six are aged 40-49; five are aged 50-59; five are aged 60-69 and two are aged 70-79.

There have been a total of 136 hospitalizations and 25 deaths with one new hospitalization and no new deaths reported yesterday. 

There are currently 27 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 who are hospitalized and an additional six patients who are considered persons under investigation (PUI) for a total of 33 current COVID-related hospitalizations. Individuals who no longer require isolation (recovered cases) total 987.

A total of 252,649 tests have been conducted. The average percentage of daily positive tests for the previous three days is 1.51%.

This report reflects data from 12 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on August 3 that posted at noon today on the Alaska Coronavirus Response Hub. Please note that occasionally there is a lag between cases being reported on the DHSS data dashboard and what local communities report as details are confirmed and documentation is received. 

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On the Confusion of Counted Cases on POW, From the City of Craig:

There has been some confusion lately caused by information collected and reported on where COVID-19 cases are located in the Prince of Wales-Hyder Census area. Generally, this is caused because people that live outside of organized communities are asked by public health officials to provide information about what community they live in. It is common on Prince of Wales for residents to report that they live in the closest community to them, even if they are not within those city or community limits.

The State of Alaska reports positive COVID-19 cases by the area that the person lists as their residence and they rely on the reported information from the healthcare provider and the patient to determine that residency. In addition, the state will not specify what community a person lives in unless that community has a population greater than 1,000 people. All other cases are reported within the Prince of Wales-Hyder Census area.

The Prince of Wales-Hyder Census area includes Coffman Cove, Craig, Edna Bay, Hollis Census Designated Place (CDP), Hydaburg, Hyder CDP, Kake, Kasaan, Klawock, Metlakatla CDP, Naukati Bay CDP, Point Baker CDP, Port Alexander, Port Protection CDP, Thorne Bay, Whale Pass CDP and a handful of residents that do not fall in any of the other listed areas. It is important to note that Hyder, Kake, Metlakatla, and Port Alexander are included in the census area and those cases will be reported as part of the Prince of Wales-Hyder area count.

On Prince of Wales Island, Craig is the only community that the state will specifically name when reporting cases. In the Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area the state also reports Metlakatla cases.

The City of Craig will work with local healthcare providers and public health to provide data to the public showing how many cases are in Craig (residents or visitors within the Craig city limits), how many cases are on Prince of Wales, and how many cases are in the Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area. Please keep in mind that three of the four communities that are in the census area but not part of Prince of Wales Island are under the 1,000-person population threshold (Hyder, Kake, Metlakatla, and Port Alexander) and are not traditionally considered “Prince of Wales”. This may result in some errors in the total number of cases between just Prince of Wales and the case count for the overall census area.

State Department of Health and Social Services staff are working with the best information that they have available when they put together the statewide data, but given the unique circumstances on Prince of Wales and the larger census area, they do not always have the information to report these numbers correctly. Local public health nurses will continue to work with the state to iron out these numbers as the need arises.

If you are interested in data that more accurately reflects Prince of Wales, and Craig in particular you can check in to the city’s Facebook page (@CityofCraigAlaska) or web page ( You can also call in to the toll-free Prince of Wales COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-894-1321. The hotline is updated daily (Monday through Friday) with current information on case counts.

If you have other questions regarding Craig’s COVID-19 response or case counts please call the Craig Public Information Officer (Brian Templin) at 907-826-3275.

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