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Kodiak COVID Count: Emergency Operations Center announces shift to red status in Kodiak

At the regular Emergency Operations Center weekly update, Mike Twenge announced that the community would be moving to red status following recent hospitalizations and one death.

“We have recently increased our active case count to 157,” Twenge said. “If this number is any indicator, this could produce 200 more cases within the next two weeks. We as a community working together need to avoid this rapid rise. Kodiak Providence hospital is in red status. They have admitted 12 COVID patients since Thanksgiving. Today there are two hospitalizations remaining. One patient was recently medivac to Anchorage for higher level of care. Kodiak emergency medical service continues to respond and transport positive COVID patients daily.”

During his address, Twenge announced further steps to curb the intense spread of COVID-19 in Kodiak.

“Today the emergency services Council is moving the community mitigation plan to reflect the pandemic risk level five, red risk level, the status puts Kodiak at a reduced occupancy capacity,” Twenge said. “In person shopping, dining, drinking bowling, theater, and use of the Public Library are now restricted. Basically every business and public facility are now going to follow their mitigation red risk level in addition to the requirements announced today by the ESC.”

These changes will not go into effect immediately, but will instead begin on this upcoming Monday, the 7th of December.

“So here we go. Effective 8 am December 7, next Monday through December 21 of this year, all Kodiak Island businesses and activities, including all retail and service types, indoor recreational activities, bars, restaurants, religious gatherings, grocery and any business or service that is open to the public is now restricted to 25% customer capacity,” Twenge said. “This capacity is calculated from the business fire marshal occupancy load.”

There have been 36 new COVID-19 cases in the Kodiak Island Borough, according to the Kodiak Area Emergency Services Organization.

Four new cases not previously reported were tested on the 30th of November. Three are close contact transmission cases and one is unknown transmission.

Nine new cases not previously reported were tested on the 1st of December. Eight are close contact transmission cases, and one is unknown transmission.

Twenty-three new cases were tested on the 2nd of December. Eleven are considered close contact cases, five are community transmission cases, and seven cases are unknown transmission.

This brings the total case count associated with the Kodiak Island Borough to 411, with 157 cases currently classified as active. 14 individuals have completed their isolation period and have been removed from the active case count.

Total hospitalizations to date remains unchanged at 12, with 2 patients currently hospitalized. One individual required a higher level of care and was transported off island.

There are currently three sites offering Covid-19 testing in Kodiak:

Kodiak Area Native Association KANA

Monday-Friday: 8:30 am- 5:30 pm, Saturday: 10 am- 4 pm

Testing site: 3472 Rezonof Drive East (behind Eyecare Excellence)

Airport testing: Available only for incoming travelers and outgoing village/ remote site travelers.

Call for appointment: (907)-486-9870

Kodiak Community Health Center KCHC

Monday- Friday: 9 am- 12:15 pm

Testing site: 3248 Mill Bay Rd.

Call for appointment: (907)-481-5000

Kodiak Island Ambulatory Care Clinic KIACC

Monday- Friday: 9 am- 5 pm, Saturday: 9am-1 pm

Testing site: 202 Center Ave Suite 102

Call for appointment: (907)-486-6188

Posted by Kodiak Emergency Operations Center on Thursday, December 3, 2020

Posted by Kodiak Emergency Operations Center on Thursday, December 3, 2020

Graphic by Aaren Ellsworth.
Graphic by Aaren Ellsworth.