Kodiak reached a grim milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic Wednesday, rising to first place among counties and boroughs in the New York Times’ ranking for cases per 100,000. The Kodiak Island Borough clocked in at 263 cases per 100,000, after 85 cases were reported in one day.
That number may not be the whole story- that day represented a backlog of uncounted COVID cases that had accumulated over several weeks, according to the Kodiak EOC’s release regarding those cases.
Kodiak was not in first place for long, however. Other boroughs, particularly Bristol Bay, Lake and Peninsula Boroughs, shot past Kodiak Thursday after reaching 378 cases per 100,000- with a daily average of nine cases.
The Kodiak Emergency Operations Center reported 28 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, with 252 total active cases. A mask mandate is in effect for indoor public spaces.
Vaccinations and COVID tests are available from the Kodiak Area Native Association at (907) 486-9800 and the Kodiak Community Health Center at 481-5000. Vaccinations are also available at the Safeway and Walmart pharmacies.