68th virus case is travel-related

Cordova, Alaska. (Jan. 4, 2021) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Cordova reported its 68th case of the novel coronavirus Tuesday, Jan. 5. The newly identified case is travel-related and is not connected to a series of local cases that emerged shortly after Christmas, officials said.

In a statement, the Cordova Medical Response Team urged residents to refrain from nonessential travel.

Of the 68 local cases identified so far, eight are believed to be currently active. Fifty-three 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 may be a fee associated with testing. More information can be found at the city of Cordova’s online COVID-19 dashboard.