If Ketchikan can’t get a handle on the spread of COVID-19, City Manager Karl Amylon told the city council, cruise lines may decide to skip Alaska’s First City.
Officials lifted the voluntary evacuation Sunday morning. While they warned of minor street flooding, they said there was no immediate danger of dam failure.
Supporters say they were inspired by Western Australia’s quarantine policies.
Creekside Family Health Clinic has ordered a machine that can run up to 350 tests in 24 hours.
City’s top emergency official says says he’d like to see residents make fewer trips out of the house.
The impacts of an infected person breaking quarantine are far-ranging: Ketchikan Public Utilities’ sole customer service office is closed. Ketchikan Little League announced it would suspend three divisions for at least two weeks.
American Cruise Lines’ plan for its 175-passenger ship Constellation requires passengers and crew to be tested for COVID-19 before boarding, preferably in their home community.
Last Thursday, Alaska’s state epidemiologist said in a release that state health officials had “convincing evidence of community transmission” in Ketchikan, Anchorage and Fairbanks. But officials in Ketchikan disagreed.
Local officials say the individual who tested positive is a Ketchikan Gateway Borough employee who has a history of travel to the Lower 48. It’s the first reported COVID-19 case in Southeast Alaska.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has wrapped up their investigation into the accident.