With more than thirty new cases of COVID-19 in the last week, the Kodiak Area Emergency Services Organization has raised the risk level for the region from green to yellow.Green status is considered low risk for the contracting the coronavirus and yellow designates medium risk.
Mike Tvenge, who doubles as Kodiak city manager and director of Emergency Services, says an emergency council, made up of representatives from various organizations, met to assess the risk level.
Based on the number of new infections in the community and their rapid transmission, the council decided to raise the risk level, because of its potential to spread out of control.
The State Health Department reported nine new positive tests for the virus on Friday. All are Kodiak residents and their cases have been classified as community spread, which refers to people who have become infected with the virus in a given area but are not sure how, or where, they contracted the virus.
Currently, 30 cases are considered active. Contact investigations are in progress.The total number of new cases since the first outbreak in April is now at 130.
Under yellow status, gatherings are limited to no more than 20 people, without the ability to maintain social distance. Face coverings are highly recommended.
Instead of going out trick or treating, Tvenge also encourages families to keep their children home as a precaution. The Kodiak Chamber of Commerce has called off Friday’s downtown Halloween festivities.
All school buildings in the city of Kodiak and Chiniak are closed until Monday. Students are attending class remotely.