Petersburg’s positivity rate for COVID testing has dropped below one percent after peaking above 10 percent. (Graphic from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services)

Petersburg’s community risk level was lowered again Monday, March 22 and the local emergency operations center says the COVID-19 outbreak appears to be over.

The EOC announced a downgrade to yellow status, which means officials think there’s low risk of COVID spread in the community.

A press release from the EOC says the positivity rate for people being tested has dropped below one percent and fewer people are seeking tests. Petersburg still has eight active cases but hasn’t reported a new case since Monday, March 15.

Local health officials are still asking the community to follow the local face covering mandate in public spaces and to keep up social distancing around people outside of your household.

Monday’s announcement comes exactly one month after the EOC raised the risk level to red in response to an outbreak that ended up infecting around one hundred in the community.

Petersburg schools returned to in-person classes Monday following a week-long spring break and three weeks of remote learning.