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Kodiak ESC announces new COVID-19 case: nonresident, seafood industry worker

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This morning, the Kodiak Emergency Services Organization announced a new positive COVID-19 case. As with the recent uptick in cases in Kodiak, this new case is also a nonresident in the seafood industry.

This brings Kodiak’s total number of cases to 33.

Kodiak’s public health official, Elsa DeHart, gave an update on Kodiak’s case count on this morning’s (Wednesday morning’s) episode of The Lowdown.

“There are 19 who have recovered. One of them, their last day is today. So really 11 of them were transported off the island for isolation, because they had been in a remote area and thought that would be safer, which is good. One was hospitalized.”

The hospitalized patient is currently recovering in Anchorage. Currently, there is only one active case on the island.

Even with these new cases, Kodiak is still designated as a low-risk, or green, level community.

“We’ve been really lucky. Because all of our cases have really been quickly isolated away from the rest of the community. So we haven’t had a lot of community transmission, which is great. That’s most likely why we’re still considered green. If we get a bunch of cases that are odd cases around town, we can’t figure out where they came from, people who have been in town a long time, then we’re going to start worrying.”

The Kodiak Emergency Services Organization will provide updates on this recent case during tomorrow’s (Thursday’s) weekly briefing, which you can hear on 100.1 FM KMXT at noon.