Tragically, the Kodiak Area Emergency Services Organization has reported the first COVID-19 death in Kodiak.
In a press release Wednesday the Emergency Operations Center, or EOC, wrote, “Sadly one death has been reported for the Kodiak community. The individual was identified to have been COVID-19 positive, and as such, their death is considered to be associated with COVID-19. Our hearts go out to their family and loved ones.” The EOC confirmed that the death occurred on-island.
This follows two weeks of highly elevated COVID positives in the community. 35 new cases have been reported Wednesday in the Kodiak Island Borough. One new case not previously reported was tested on the 28th of November and is considered to be travel related. One new case not previously reported is a close contact case tested on the 30th of November. 33 New cases were individuals tested on December 1st, including one community transmission case, 4 travel related cases, 17 close contact cases, and 11 unknown transmission cases.
Hospitalizations have also risen in Kodiak. The EOC reported 7 hospitalizations since the start of the pandemic Tuesday, with four patients in the hospital. Wednesday the Emergency Operations Center reported 12 hospitalizations since the start of the pandemic, with 4 patients hospitalized currently.
This brings the total case count for the Kodiak Island Borough to 375 since the start of the pandemic, with 136 cases classified as active. One individual has completed their isolation period and has been removed from the active case count.
A comment from the official Emergency Operations Center account on the EOC’s Facebook page stated QUOTE “Many people are asking when we will go to Red status. When considering the COVID related health of our community along with the economic health of our community, as well as enforcement of any actions, it is not a simple decision to make. Actions that are appropriate for our community are being seriously discussed, and changes will be announced tomorrow during the live community broadcast.”
The EOC will be broadcasting their regular Live Update at 12pm tomorrow on the KIBSD website, the EOC Facebook page, and live on air on KMXT 100.1 FM.
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
Need a COVID Test? Call your health care provider Call KCHC at 907-481-5000 Call KANA at 907-486-9870 DO NOT go to the hospital for testing