66th virus case is part of local cluster

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

Cordova reported one new case of the novel coronavirus Thursday, Dec. 31. The newly identified case is part of a cluster that emerged over the past week, officials said.

In an announcement, city officials also urged residents to be wary of potential coronavirus vaccine scams. Anyone offering paid early access to coronavirus vaccines, or asking for Social Security, bank account or credit card numbers in connection with coronavirus vaccines, is a scammer, according to the announcement. More information can be found at www.ftc.gov/coronavirus/scams.

Of the 66 local cases identified so far, eight are believed to be currently active. Fifty-one cases have been Cordova residents and 15 have been non-residents. Three cases have required hospitalization, according to data published by Ilanka Community Health Center. One 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. There will be no walk-up or drive-through testing available Friday, Jan. 1.

More information can be found at the city of Cordova’s online COVID-19 dashboard.