Cordova reports 3 new virus cases as vaccinations ramp up

Registered nurse Heather Whorton draws up a dose of Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine. (Jan. 20, 2021) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Cordova reported three cases of the novel coronavirus Monday, Jan. 25. All three newly identified coronavirus-positive individuals are Cordova residents who were in close contact with other community cases, officials said. An additional virus case was reported Thursday, Jan. 21.

Vaccination clinics, run by Cordova Community Medical Center and Ilanka Community Health Center, have mainly targeted health care workers and older Alaskans. As of Jan. 25, 333 Cordovans have received the first in a series of two vaccine shots, and 75 have received both shots, according to data published by the city.

Of the 87 local cases identified so far, seven are believed to be currently active. Seventy cases have been Cordova residents and 17 have been non-residents. Three cases have required hospitalization, according to data published by ICHC. 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 CCMC, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9-9:30 a.m. There may be a fee associated with testing.