Officials reported six positive cases of COVID-19 in the Alaska Peninsula village of Cold Bay on Wednesday. This marks nine confirmed cases in the community of roughly 50 people, after two non-residents tested positive for the virus in June, and one resident tested positive in early August.
Upon receiving the positive test results, the unnamed individuals were placed in isolation, according to Eastern Aleutian Tribes, the regional tribal healthcare provider, which operates Cold Bay's Anna Livingston Memorial Clinic.
Eastern Aleutian Tribes is working with city and state officials to ensure precautions are taken to protect anyone who may have been exposed to the coronavirus, according to a statement from the healthcare provider.
The individuals are non-residents, according to the statement. Therefore, the State of Alaska will not show these as positive cases for the region. How the individuals contracted the virus is under investigation.