Cordova’s 6th virus case was returning from Anchorage

Cordova, Alaska. (July 4, 2020) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Cordova’s sixth confirmed case of the novel coronavirus was a traveler returning from Anchorage, officials announced on the evening of Monday, July 5. The state has been notified and the city’s medical team has begun contact tracing.

The community’s first four coronavirus cases were Ocean Beauty Seafoods cannery workers who tested positive shortly after arriving in Cordova, three of whom have since recovered. The fifth case, identified over the Independence Day weekend, was a passenger arriving from Bellingham, Washington aboard the ferry, M/V Kennicott. In a July 5 announcement, officials said 52 Alaska Marine Highway System employees, as well as the coronavirus-positive ferry passenger’s travel partner, had all tested negative.

As of the morning of July 5, 1,433 coronavirus tests had been conducted in Cordova, according to data published by the city. Community health care providers have the capacity to perform at least 1,100 more tests.