51st virus case is travel-related

Cordova Community Medical Center. (Nov. 30, 2020) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Cordova reported a new, travel-related case of the novel coronavirus Tuesday, Dec. 1.

The city raised its public health alert level from yellow to orange Monday, Nov. 23 after a cluster of five virus cases was detected. Although no businesses or public spaces have been closed by the city, shutdowns may be necessary if infection continues to escalate, officials said. In a Dec. 1 statement, the Cordova Medical Response Team strongly urged all citizens to refrain from unnecessary travel and to exercise extreme caution.

Of the 51 cases identified so far, 42 are presumed recovered. Thirty-seven cases have been Cordova residents and 14 have been non-residents. Three of these cases have required hospitalization, according to data published by Ilanka Community Health Center. A Cordova resident who was infected with the novel coronavirus died Nov. 18.

Coronavirus testing is available at ICHC, Mondays and Fridays from 2-3 p.m., and Saturdays from noon-1 p.m.; and at Cordova Community Medical Center, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9-9:30 a.m. More information can be found at the city of Cordova’s online COVID-19 dashboard.