Officials announce three more COVID-19 cases in Ketchikan

Creek Street in Ketchikan. (Photo Credit: Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development; Division of Community and Regional Affairs’ Community Photo Library.)
Creek Street in Ketchikan. (Photo Courtesy of the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development; Division of Community and Regional Affairs’ Community Photo Library.)

Ketchikan-area officials are urging residents to “hunker down and shelter in place” after announcing three new coronavirus cases Saturday afternoon. That brings Ketchikan’s total to six cases.

It also brings the known statewide case tally to 17.

In a media release, the community’s joint emergency operations center says all three new cases are close contacts of previously identified cases.

Now the mayor of Saxman, along with Ketchikan’s city and borough mayors are “strongly urging the citizens of Ketchikan to hunker down, shelter in place, and stay home, in order to contain the spread of COVID-19.”

They’re also urging non-essential businesses to close.

The release notes that emergency services and grocery stores will remain open. Officials worry that the number of COVID-19 cases in Ketchikan is growing exponentially, according to the release.

“If the growth continues at the current rate, by the end of the week Ketchikan could have over 20 positive cases of COVID-19 in the community,” the release said. “We need to stop the spread now.”

A health mandate issued Friday by state authorities also restricts gatherings of more than 10 people in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough.

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