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Alaska & Ketchikan COVID-19 Case Count Summary



September 12, 2020
Saturday AM

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - Ketchikan has had no positive cases of COVID-19 in the past eight days. The cumulative COVID-19 case count for Ketchikan, including travelers, remains at 66. The number of positive cases of individuals residing or staying in Ketchikan is 54. Of the 54 cases, 2 are still active, and 52 have recovered according to the latest information released yesterday by the Ketchikan Emergency Operations Center.

The current community risk in Ketchikan is at Level 1 (Low).

Under Level 1-Low, the following health and safety precautions are recommended by the Ketchikan Emergency Operations Center:

  • Public Health Social Measures:  Recommend masks in specific settings where social distancing can not be maintained; 
  • Schools:  Schools open 100% with annex sites and safety measures.
  • Travel: Health Mandate 10 plus recommend in-state travelers to test or quarantine.
  • Businesses and Offices:  Recommend following all public health safety measures outlined in the Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan. Recommend allowance of telework for employees that are, live with, or care for high-risk population. 
  • Bars, Restaurants, Personal Services, Gyms:  Follow all public health safety measures in the Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan. 


As of yesterday, the total number of people identified with COVID-19 in Alaska since the beginning of the count months ago reached 6,113 cases. According to the Alaska Department of Health & Social Services, of these, 2,152 have recovered, 3,918 are active, 244 were hospitalized, and 43 people have died.

Total nonresident cases as of Saturday reached 911. Of these 704 are presumed active and 207 are recovered according to Saturday's report. There are 0 nonresident deaths reported.

The positive test rate in Alaska for the past week is 1.82 percent. Currently there are 40 people hospitalized statewide and COVID-19 positive.

There have been a total of 394,586 tests statewide. This number is not representative of the number of unique individuals tested as some individuals have been tested more than once.

The 14-day average testing turnaround time statewide is 2.7 days.

COVID-19 Questions and Ketchikan Emergency Operations Center Information: 

Citizens are encouraged to submit questions related to COVID-19 in Ketchikan and local resources to: or to call 228-2464. 

The Ketchikan Emergency Operations Center is using three different social media platforms for providing updated information to Ketchikan residents. Ketchikan Emergency Operations Center information is posted through the City and Borough Facebook pages, and on the Borough’s Twitter account @BoroughKTN, and Instagram account ketchikangatewayborough. 

Information on the Ketchikan Emergency Operations Center’s response to COVID-19 in Ketchikan is updated daily on the COVID-19 Response page at

Additional current information is available on the State of Alaska’s website at

The declaration form, Health Mandate 10.1, and additional information for travelers is available at:


Source of News:

Alaska Department of Health & Social Services

Ketchikan Emergency Operations Center

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