COVID-19 News Archive

June 24, 2022 - Public Health offers free COVID-19 vaccines for kids under 5 starting June 24; Capstone Clinics to Close in Juneau on June 30

The Juneau Public Health Center will offer both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 6 months to 5 years at their Friday clinics starting June 24.  The Juneau Public Health Center will continue to offer free COVID-19 vaccines and booster doses to older children and adults as well during these vaccine clinics.  The Friday vaccination clinics are …

June 16, 2022 - Free COVID-19 antigen rapid tests available again

The City & Borough of Juneau has received another shipment of federally funded COVID-19 rapid antigen self-tests, which are available to the public at no cost from the following locations: All Juneau Public Libraries City Hall (Cash Office) Juneau Police Department Juneau Public Health Center Households may also place up to three orders for free tests at covid.gov/tests or by …

May 18, 2022 - COVID-19 case rate climbs, indoor masking advised

For the past seven days, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reports 347 new individuals who’ve tested positive for COVID-19 in the Juneau community. This number does not include people who’ve tested positive through a rapid self-test. Hospital impacts are not as significant as they have been in earlier phases of the pandemic; however, the hospital is seeing …

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May 17, 2022 - Order more free COVID tests from the federal government

Every home in the U.S. can order two sets of 4 free at-⁠home COVID-19 tests (8 tests total). If you already ordered your first and second set, order a third today at COVIDtests.gov. There are no shipping fees and you don’t need to enter a credit card number. The only information required to order the tests is your name and …

May 11, 2022 - Juneau sees rise in COVID-19 case activity; indoor masking recommended

The State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reports 177 new positive cases in Juneau over the past week, or approximately 25 cases per day. This represents a 48% weekly increase and is the highest case count Juneau has seen since the end of the Omicron wave in early February. While some case activity is attributable to tourism …

May 9, 2022 - COVID-19 PCR testing available on the Bartlett Regional Hospital campus starting May 8

Beginning the afternoon of Sunday, May 8, COVID-19 PCR drive-thru testing will be available to the community on the Bartlett campus across from the Emergency Department entrance. General hours of operation will be seven days a week from 8:15 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. Individuals who need a COVID-19 PCR test must register for an appointment. The registration process remains the …

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April 28, 2022 - Bartlett offers COVID-19 drive-thru testing to general public starting week of May 8

Starting Monday, May 2, COVID-19 drive-thru testing will be available on the Bartlett Regional Hospital campus for individuals who need a COVID-19 test as a pre-procedure requirement. Limited appointments will be available for these individuals Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Testing for the general public …

April 27, 2022 - Following change in policy, Juneau School District facilities are mask optional

Masks are optional for most individuals while indoors in Juneau School District facilities and on school buses. The Board of Education met in a Special Meeting Tuesday night to discuss the JSD Mask Policy. Board members reviewed the current policy, took public input, and made revisions. The following Mask Policy was unanimously approved: Masks, or similar facial coverings designed to mitigate …

April 26, 2022 - CBJ’s last day running COVID-19 testing & hotline is April 30; Bartlett to take over services

As a reminder, April 30 will be the last day the City and Borough of Juneau runs the COVID-19 hotline and the drive-thru testing facility at the Hagevig Fire Training Center. After that, Bartlett Regional Hospital will take over operations of both in early May. In the coming days, visit Bartlett’s COVID-19 webpage for more information, including hours of operation and the drive-thru …

April 26, 2022 - Capstone offers free COVID-19 vaccines at Juneau airport until June 15

Capstone Clinic continues to offer free COVID-19 vaccines at the Juneau International Airport seven days a week during the hours of 10:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Simply walk in or make an appointment at covidsecureapp.com/capstonevax.html. Capstone Clinic is contracted by the State of Alaska until June 15 to administer COVID-19 vaccines to anyone in Juneau – ages five to adult – …

April 23, 2022 - Masks once again required indoors in Juneau School District facilities

Due to increasing COVID-19 cases in Juneau, CDC has changed Juneau’s Alert Level to High. Per the current JSD Mask Policy and the CDC Alert Level change, Juneau School District will return to masks required indoors in Juneau School District facilities.   Effective immediately, masks are required indoors in JSD facilities.   CDC updates their alert level weekly. Masks will …

April 19, 2022 - COVID-19 testing & hotline transitions to Bartlett Regional Hospital after April 30

Saturday, April 30, will be the last day the City and Borough of Juneau runs the COVID-19 hotline and the drive-thru testing facility at the Hagevig Fire Training Center. After that, Bartlett Regional Hospital will take over operations of both, with BRH taking over the hotline Monday, May 2, and drive-thru testing for the general public available on the BRH …

April 19, 2022 - Masks no longer required at Juneau Airport or on Capital Transit

Masks are no longer required on public transportation and in transportation hubs – like the Juneau International Airport, and on Capital Transit and CAPITAL AKcess. The Transportation Security Administration, according to an April 18 statement, is no longer enforcing its federal security directives requiring mask use on public transportation and transportation hubs after a federal judge ruled against it. The …

April 13, 2022 - Federal mask mandate for public transportation extended another 15 days thru May 3

Masks will continue to be required on public transportation and in transportation hubs – like the Juneau International Airport and on Capital Transit and CAPITAL AKcess – through May 3. The Transportation Security Administration extended the federal security directive for mask use for 15 days based on a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The previous extension was originally …

April 8, 2022 - Capstone Clinic no longer providing COVID-19 testing on weekends

Capstone Clinic’s private COVID-19 testing site in the Mendenhall Mall Suite 307 will no longer be open on the weekends. Its new operating hours are Monday – Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and closed Saturday and Sunday starting tomorrow, April 9. The testing site offers testing to all individuals. Rapid and send-out tests are available: Asymptomatic individuals are welcome …

March 31, 2022 - Ages 50 and up can get a second COVID-19 booster

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends certain immunocompromised individuals and people over the age of 50 who received an initial booster dose at least 4 months ago to get another mRNA booster – Pfizer or Moderna – to increase their protection against severe disease from COVID-19. The Juneau Public Health Center offers free Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 …

March 30, 2022 - Juneau schools go mask optional starting Monday

Starting Monday, April 4, masks will be optional for most people in the Juneau School District and on school buses. The City and Borough of Juneau’s overall community risk level is currently Level 1 Minimal, and has been since February 28. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Juneau is at a Medium COVID-19 Community Level. The Juneau …

March 25, 2022 - Public Health offers free Pfizer & Moderna COVID-19 vaccines & boosters every Fri. in April

The Juneau Public Health Center will continue to offer free Flu & COVID-19 vaccines to individuals ages 5 to adult every Friday through April. Pfizer and, newly added, Moderna vaccines are available. Simply walk in and register on site from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you prefer to make an appointment, go to juneau.org/vaccine or call 907-586-6000. The Juneau Public Health …

March 15, 2022 - CBJ is distributing CareStart COVID-19 self-tests. They expire June 30.

The City and Borough of Juneau is distributing COVID-19 antigen home tests to the general public from these locations: City Hall cash office All Juneau Public Libraries (Downtown, Mendenhall Valley, and Douglas) Juneau Public Health Center, 3412 Glacier Highway (across the street from Twin Lakes parking lot) Juneau Police Department, 6255 Alaway Avenue The tests at these locations are CareStart COVID-19 …

March 14, 2022 - Application for statewide homeowner assistance open now thru April 4

Homeowners in Juneau experiencing financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic can now apply for assistance through the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation’s Alaska Housing Homeowner Assistance. The application period opened today, March 14, and closes April 4 at 11:59 p.m. Apply now at AlaskaHousingRelief.org. The program may be able to help with mortgage payments, property taxes and utilities, insurance premiums, …

March 10, 2022 - Federal mask requirement for Juneau airport & Capital Transit extended thru April 18

Masks will continue to be required on public transportation and in transportation hubs – like the Juneau International Airport and on Capital Transit and CAPITAL AKcess – through April 18. The Transportation Security Administration extended the federal security directive for mask use based on a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The requirement was originally set to …

March 8, 2022 - Order more free COVID-19 self-tests from federal government on COVIDtests.gov

Every home in the U.S. can order two sets of 4 free at-⁠home COVID-19 tests. If you already ordered your first set, order a second today at COVIDtests.gov or call 1-800-232-0233. There are no shipping fees and you don’t need to enter a credit card number. The only information required to order the tests is your name and address. You can …

March 4, 2022 - In most CBJ facilities, masking is recommended but no longer required

Masking is recommended, but no longer required, in most City and Borough of Juneau facilities. This applies to both the general public and to CBJ staff, and is based upon the current community risk level of Minimal. If the community risk level changes, the mask requirement may change. Regardless of CBJ’s community risk level, masking remains required for the public …

March 4, 2022 - CBJ’s COVID-19 hotline & drive-thru testing open 5 days a week, closed Wed. & Sun.

As a reminder, the City and Borough of Juneau’s COVID-19 hotline and drive-thru testing facility have implemented their new operating schedule, which means being closed every Wednesday and Sunday. To schedule a COVID-19 molecular test at the drive-thru, register online or call the COVID-19 hotline at 907-586-6000 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. If you …

March 2, 2022 - Application for statewide homeowner assistance opens March 14; pre-register now

Homeowners in Alaska experiencing financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for assistance through the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation’s Alaska Housing Homeowner Assistance. The application period opens March 14 and closes April 4 at 11:59 p.m. Juneau homeowners can check their eligibility and pre-register now at AlaskaHousingRelief.org. Once registered, applicants will be automatically connected to an online eligibility checker …

February 28, 2022 - Juneau’s community risk level lowers to Minimal

The City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is reducing the overall community risk to Level 1 Minimal. At Minimal, wearing a mask is recommended in indoor public areas – particularly for those who are immunocompromised or live with people at high risk for severe illness – but there is no masking requirement. For now, masking remains required …

February 24, 2022 - Free KN95 masks available in more locations around town

Free KN95 masks are now more widely available in Juneau. The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services sent more masks to Juneau, and they’re being distributed by the Juneau Public Health Center and the City and Borough of Juneau. Pick up a free box of KN95 masks at the following locations while supplies last: City Hall Cash Office All …

February 23, 2022 - CBJ’s COVID-19 hotline & drive-thru testing site to operate 5 days a week starting Feb. 28

The City and Borough of Juneau’s COVID-19 hotline and drive-thru testing facility will be closed on Wednesday and Sunday starting the week of February 28. To schedule a COVID-19 molecular test and get results within 24 hours, register online or call the COVID-19 hotline at 907-586-6000 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. CBJ’s Emergency …

February 10, 2022 - Juneau Public Health Center offers flu shots, KN95 masks, COVID vaccine/booster & tests

In addition to COVID-19 Pfizer vaccines and boosters, the Juneau Public Health Center is now offering free flu shots to anyone ages 6 months and up every Wednesday and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout February. Simply walk in or, if you prefer to make an appointment, go to juneau.org/vaccine. The Juneau Public Health Center is also distributing free KN95 …

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February 9, 2022 - Juneau’s community risk level lowers to Moderate

Due to sustained declines in COVID-19 cases in Juneau, improvements in workforce capacity, and the increasing availability of therapeutics to treat high-risk cases of COVID-19, the City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is reducing the overall community risk to Level 2 Moderate. At Moderate, the mask requirement changes. Juneau has been at the Modified High level since …

February 7, 2022 - Capstone continues to offer free COVID-19 vaccines at Juneau airport every day

Capstone Clinic continues to offer free COVID-19 vaccines at the Juneau International Airport seven days a week, now during the hours of 10:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Simply walk in or make an appointment at www.covidsecureapp.com/capstonevax.html. Capstone Clinic is contracted by the State of Alaska to administer COVID-19 vaccines to anyone in Juneau – ages five to adult – at …

February 4, 2022 - Reestablished COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies go into effect Feb. 9

The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly last month passed an ordinance reestablishing the City and Borough of Juneau COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies. The reestablished strategies go into effect Wednesday, February 9, and expire April 30, unless terminated earlier. Read the ordinance and the strategies here. COVID-19 continues to spread quickly in Juneau, impacting families, businesses, and the medical system. The …

January 28, 2022 - Public Health offers free walk-in COVID-19 vaccines & boosters every Wed. & Fri. in February

The Juneau Public Health Center will continue to offer free COVID-19 Pfizer vaccines to individuals ages 5 to adult & boosters for ages 12 to adult every Wednesday and Friday throughout February. Simply walk in from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you prefer to make an appointment, go to juneau.org/vaccine or call 907-586-6000. The Juneau Public Health Center is …

January 25, 2022 - Airport testing ends Jan. 31. Here’s where else in Juneau to get a molecular COVID-19 test.

The State of Alaska’s free COVID-19 airport testing program is ending Monday, January 31. After that date, people in Juneau or traveling to Juneau will no longer be able to get a molecular COVID-19 test at the Juneau International Airport. Here’s a list of other places in Juneau that offer molecular COVID-19 testing: CBJ’s Drive-Thru testing facility, Hagevig Fire Training Center …

January 24, 2022 - CBJ is distributing CareStart COVID-19 self-tests. They expire June 30, according to the FDA.

The City and Borough of Juneau began distributing the CareStart COVID-19 Antigen Home Test to the general public last week. All 26,000 test kits that CBJ received have a printed expiration date on the box of March 2022. In fact, the CareStart test kits that CBJ received all expire on June 30, 2022. This is based on approval from the …

January 21, 2022 - COVID-19 update from CBJ Emergency Operations Center

For the past seven days, Alaska Department of Health & Social Services reports 719 new individuals who’ve tested positive for COVID-19 in the Juneau community, which is by far the highest case activity to date. This number does not include people who’ve tested positive through a rapid self-test. There are currently eight people with COVID-19 hospitalized at Bartlett Regional Hospital. The hospital …

January 20, 2022 - CBJ receives shipment of 26,000 self-tests & they’re ready for pick-up

The City and Borough of Juneau received a shipment of 26,000 COVID-19 self-tests Wednesday evening and they’re ready for pick-up at several distribution spots around town. Thousands of tests will also go to local organizations. CBJ placed the order earlier this month when supply was getting low. These rapid antigen tests can be self-administered at home or anywhere, are easy …

January 20, 2022 - Do you or your older kid need a booster? Go to Saturday’s walk-in vaccine clinic 10 am – 2 pm

A free COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine and booster clinic for ages 12 and up is happening this Saturday, January 22, at Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Register now at juneau.org/vaccine or call 907-586-6000, or simply walk in day of. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently expanded its recommendation on COVID-19 vaccine booster doses to include individuals 12 and …

January 18, 2022 - Order free COVID-19 self-tests from federal government on COVIDtests.gov

Every household can order one set of 4 free at-home COVID-19 self-tests from the federal government at COVIDtests.gov. There are no shipping fees and you don’t need to enter a credit card number. The only information required to order the tests is a person’s name and their address. People can include their email addresses if they want updates on their …

January 14, 2022 - Sign up now for Jan. 22 vaccine clinic for ages 12 to adult

A free COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine and booster clinic for ages 12 and up is happening Saturday, January 22, at Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Register now at juneau.org/vaccine or call 907-586-6000. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently expanded its recommendation on COVID-19 vaccine booster doses to include individuals 12 and up. Older kids, parents, …

January 11, 2022 - Ages 12 and up can get COVID-19 booster

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has expanded its recommendation on COVID-19 vaccine booster doses to include individuals who are 12 to 15 years old. Now, ages 12 to 17 can get a Pfizer booster shot 5 months after their initial Pfizer series. (People ages 18 and up can get either the Pfizer or Moderna booster 5 months after …

January 5, 2022 - With limited monoclonal antibody supply, Bartlett Regional Hospital implements prioritization criteria

Due to a limited supply of monoclonal antibody therapeutics nationwide and Juneau’s rapidly increasing COVID-19 case count, Bartlett Regional Hospital is implementing strict criteria for therapy administration. Criteria includes: individuals with immunocompromising conditions, such as active cancer patients for tumor or blood cancers, those who have received a solid organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system, …

January 4, 2022 - Update on COVID-19 self-tests & state’s airport testing

Here are some updates on the City and Borough of Juneau’s free COVID-19 self-test distribution and the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) COVID-19 airport testing program: Self-test distribution CBJ locations offering free COVID-19 self-tests, as well as the Juneau Public Health Center, are either extremely low on supply or currently out of stock. Since December, CBJ has …