COVID-19 News Archive

September 29, 2020 - CBJ reports three new COVID-19 cases in Juneau

The City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center is reporting three new Juneau residents with COVID-19. Public Health is attributing two of the cases to secondary transmission and one is under investigation. Last Friday, the EOC conducted a round of testing for individuals among the vulnerable population at the Glory Hall, AWARE, and Housing First. This was done out …

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September 29, 2020 - Juneau’s community risk level returns to Level 2 Moderate

The City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center is lowering the overall community risk to Level 2 Moderate. Community spread cases are still occurring, but the overall number of COVID-19 cases has dropped compared to previous weeks. The EOC continues to urge community members to maintain social distance and wear a mask in any indoor setting where individuals outside of …

September 29, 2020 - Juneau’s 14-day COVID-19 recap: Sept. 14 – Sept. 27

Over the 14-day period from September 14 to September 27, 33 people in Juneau tested positive for COVID-19: Public Health attributed 33 percent of the cases to community spread. That means these individuals had no known contact to a positive case and hadn’t recently traveled within or out of state. Their exposure may be due to undiagnosed and/or asymptomatic cases …

September 28, 2020 - CBJ reports five new COVID-19 cases in Juneau over the weekend and today

The City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center is reporting five new Juneau residents with COVID-19. These cases came in over the weekend and today. Public Health is attributing two of the cases to community spread, two to secondary transmission, and one is under investigation. One of the seven Juneau resident cases reported on Friday is actually a nonresident …

September 25, 2020 - CBJ reports seven new COVID-19 cases in Juneau

The City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center is reporting seven new Juneau residents with COVID-19. Public Health is attributing five of the cases to secondary transmission and two are under investigation. Four of the secondary cases are linked to the August social gathering, bringing that cluster total to 45 so far. Of the three new cases reported yesterday, Public …

September 25, 2020 - So far, more than 11 percent of voters have returned ballots in CBJ Municipal Election

Thank you to all the Juneau voters who have so far participated in the City and Borough of Juneau’s October 6 By Mail Municipal Election. CBJ mailed ballots to 27,467 registered Juneau voters on September 15. As of Thursday, September 24, CBJ Election officials have received 3,214 returned ballots by the following methods: Municipality of Anchorage Election Center (received by …

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September 25, 2020 - School district offers full-day K-5 childcare. Juneau Assembly CARES funding makes it affordable.

Since the beginning of September, the Juneau School District has been offering full day K-5 RALLY programming at Harborview, Glacier Valley, and Riverbend Elementary schools 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Now, with recent Assembly funding, a portion of the monthly cost to families will be subsidized, making the program more accessible. Learn more and register here. The …

September 25, 2020 - Reminder: Property taxes are due Sept. 30. CBJ offers contactless payment options.

The September 30 deadline for paying property taxes is quickly approaching. The City and Borough of Juneau offers these contactless options for making payments: Mail your payment to the City and Borough of Juneau, Treasury Office, 155 South Seward St, Juneau, AK 99801. The payment must be postmarked by the United States Postal Service on or before September 30, 2020. …

September 24, 2020 - CBJ reports three new COVID-19 cases in Juneau

The City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center is reporting three new Juneau residents with COVID-19. All three cases are under investigation. Of the four new cases reported yesterday, Public Health is attributing one to community spread and another to secondary transmission. The two other cases are Juneau residents who were infected while traveling out-of-state travel and are currently still out-of-state. …

September 24, 2020 - Economic Stabilization Task Force Meeting Monday, September 28 at Noon

The Economic Stabilization Task Force will meet on Monday, September 28 at 12 pm. The purpose of the Task Force is to review the economic landscape and make recommendations to the Assembly. Members of the public may listen in or watch by following one of these options. Please click the link to join the meeting: https://juneau.zoom.us/j/99388522752, or call 1-346-248-7799 or …

September 24, 2020 - Morning swim resumes at downtown pool Sept. 28

Morning swim at the downtown Augustus Brown Swimming Pool resumes on Monday, September 28. The City and Borough of Juneau Parks & Recreation Department will continue operating Juneau’s two aquatic facilities at the following schedule starting September 28: Augustus Brown Swimming Pool Monday-Friday, 5:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. & 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. …

September 23, 2020 - CBJ reports four new COVID-19 cases in Juneau

The City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center is reporting four new Juneau residents with COVID-19. All four cases are under investigation. Of the three new cases reported yesterday, Public Health is attributing two to community spread. Cumulatively, Juneau has had 279 residents test positive for COVID-19 since March and 98 nonresidents. There are 28 active cases in Juneau …

September 22, 2020 - CBJ reports three new COVID-19 cases in Juneau

The City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center is reporting three new Juneau residents with COVID-19. All three cases are under investigation. Cumulatively, Juneau has had 275 residents test positive for COVID-19 since March and 98 nonresidents. There are 30 active cases in Juneau and 342 individuals have recovered. All individuals with active cases of COVID-19 are in isolation. …

September 22, 2020 - Juneau’s 14-day COVID-19 recap: Sept. 7 – Sept. 20

Over the 14-day period from September 7 to September 20, 56 people in Juneau tested positive for COVID-19: Public Health attributed 43 percent of the cases to community spread. That means these individuals had no known contact to a positive case and hadn’t recently traveled within or out of state. Their exposure may be due to undiagnosed and/or asymptomatic cases …

September 21, 2020 - CBJ reports six new COVID-19 cases in Juneau over the weekend

The City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center is reporting six new Juneau residents with COVID-19. These cases came in over the weekend. Public Health is attributing five of the cases to secondary transmission and one to community spread. One of the secondary cases is linked to the August social gathering, bringing that cluster total to 38 so far. Cumulatively, …

September 21, 2020 - Juneau Vote Centers open today, Sept. 21

The Juneau Vote Center in City Hall Assembly Chambers is officially up and running! It opened its doors at 8 a.m. and a second Juneau Vote Center opens at 10 a.m. at the Mendenhall Valley Library! At the vote center, you can: Drop off your ballot return envelope containing your marked ballot Bring your unmarked ballot package and mark your …

September 18, 2020 - CBJ reports 11 new COVID-19 cases in Juneau from Thursday & today

The City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center is reporting eleven new Juneau residents with COVID-19 – two cases were reported yesterday and nine today. Public Health is attributing the two cases from Thursday to community spread. Of the nine new today, five are a result of secondary transmission and four are under investigation. One of the secondary cases …

September 18, 2020 - What to do if you received a ballot in the mail addressed to someone else

Many Juneau voters have started receiving their official ballot for the City and Borough of Juneau’s Oct. 6 By-Mail Municipal Election. There’s a chance you may have also received a ballot package addressed to a former resident at your mailing address or someone who’s not presently a resident of your household. If this happens, please mark it as “Return to …

September 18, 2020 - It’s time to vote in Juneau’s local election! Here’s how.

Due to COVID-19, the City and Borough of Juneau’s October 6 Municipal Election will be conducted by mail. All voters registered in Juneau have been mailed a ballot to the permanent mailing address on file with the State of Alaska Division of Elections Voter Registration List. Here’s what to do after you receive your ballot. 

September 16, 2020 - CBJ reports three new COVID-19 cases in Juneau

The City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center is reporting three new Juneau residents with COVID-19. Public Health is attributing one of the cases to secondary transmission and two are under investigation. The secondary case is linked to the August social gathering, bringing that cluster total to 35 so far. Cumulatively, Juneau has had 255 residents test positive for COVID-19 …

September 15, 2020 - Families can apply for COVID-19 relief for extra food expenses due to school closures

Funds are available to help reimburse families for unexpected expenses from when they lost access to school meals during pandemic-related school closures. Families have until September 30 to apply for the funds designated as the Pandemic – Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) Program, which provides families with up to $458 for each eligible child. The program is available to all Alaska …

September 15, 2020 - CBJ reports 13 new COVID-19 cases in Juneau

The City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center is reporting 13 new Juneau residents with COVID-19. Public Health is attributing five of the cases to secondary transmission and the rest are under investigation. Four of these new cases are linked to the August social gathering, bringing that cluster total to 31 so far. Cumulatively, Juneau has had 252 residents …

September 14, 2020 - CBJ reports nine new cases of COVID-19 in Juneau

The City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center is reporting nine new Juneau residents with COVID-19 since Friday afternoon. Seven of these cases came in Friday evening and two over the weekend. Public Health is attributing six of the cases to community spread, including four associated with bar activity; one to secondary transmission; and two cases are under investigation. …

September 14, 2020 - Morning swim cancelled at downtown pool

Starting Tuesday, September 15, the City and Borough of Juneau Parks & Recreation Department is canceling the morning swim session from 5:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Monday-Friday at the Augustus Brown Swimming Pool. This is due to current staffing shortages. The two Juneau Pools facilities will remain open for public use at the following schedule: Augustus Brown Swimming Pool Monday-Friday, …

September 14, 2020 - Assembly to discuss potential building purchase for a shelter at Sept. 14 committee meeting

The Juneau Assembly will discuss options surrounding the potential purchase of a building to provide space for a cold weather shelter at tonight’s Committee of the Whole meeting at 5 p.m. Watch the meeting live https://juneau.zoom.us/j/91978199320, or call 1-346-248-7799 or 1-929-436-2866 or 1-301-715-8592 and enter Webinar ID 919 7819 9320. The meeting will also be on Facebook Live and can …

September 11, 2020 - Starting Sept. 12 at noon, Juneau bars required to close & restaurants to reduce capacity

Due to increasing case positivity, the City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center is raising the overall community risk to Level 3 High with a partial implementation of the Community Mitigation Strategies. Effective Saturday, September 12 at noon the “Bars and Restaurants” category of the Community Mitigation Strategies is in effect. The EOC will closely monitor the situation and …

September 11, 2020 - CBJ reports 11 new cases of COVID-19 in Juneau

The City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center is reporting 11 new Juneau residents with COVID-19. Public Health is attributing four of the cases to community spread, four to secondary transmission, and three cases are under investigation. Of the 11 total cases, two are associated with bar activity (one community spread and one secondary transmission) and two others are …

September 11, 2020 - School district offers free meals to all Juneau residents 18 and under

The Juneau School District is once again providing meals free of charge (breakfast and lunch) to all Juneau residents who are 18 and under regardless of school enrollment. The 18-years age limit does not apply to JSD enrolled students. Parents and caregivers can pick-up meals Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the school most convenient to …

September 10, 2020 - Temporary drive-thru COVID-19 testing outside Centennial Hall this Friday thru Sunday

To fulfill the current high demand for COVID-19 testing, the City and Borough of Juneau is standing up a temporary drive-thru testing facility outside Centennial Hall this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (September 11-13) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Walk-ups will also be accommodated. This testing opportunity is for people who’ve recently socialized at a Juneau bar. No appointment is …

September 10, 2020 - CBJ reports four new cases of COVID-19 in Juneau

The City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center is reporting four new Juneau residents with COVID-19. Public Health says two of the cases appear to be community spread associated with bar activity and two cases are under investigation. Cumulatively, Juneau has had 219 residents test positive for COVID-19 since March and 98 nonresidents. Combined, there are 36 active cases …

September 9, 2020 - CBJ clarifies testing recommendation related to bars, stands up temporary testing facility

Due to a number of cases being linked to a social gathering that included employees at Juneau bars, the City and Borough of Juneau and Public Health have recommended that anyone who socialized at a Juneau bar between a certain date range get tested for COVID-19 regardless of whether they have symptoms. CBJ wants to ensure the correct people are …

September 9, 2020 - CBJ reports three new COVID-19 case in Juneau

The City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center is reporting three new Juneau residents with COVID-19. Public Health is attributing two of the cases to secondary transmission and the other case appears to be community spread, which means no source case has been identified. Cumulatively, Juneau has had 215 residents test positive for COVID-19 since March and 98 nonresidents. …

September 9, 2020 - SEARHC provides free asymptomatic testing on the weekends

SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) is currently providing free, COVID-19 asymptomatic testing in Juneau on the weekends at the Ethel Lund Medical Center (1200 Salmon Creek Lane) every Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. No appointment is necessary. Testing will be administered via self-swab and test results will be available approximately seven …

September 8, 2020 - CBJ and Public Health recommend COVID-19 testing for visitors to Juneau bars

The City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center is reporting 25 new COVID-19 cases in Juneau since Saturday, 19 of which were reported today. A number of these cases are linked to a large social gathering that took place at the end of August. Several individuals at the social gathering work in bars in Juneau. While there has not …

September 4, 2020 - Hear about testing and vaccines at Sept. 8 COVID-19 Community Update

When it comes to COVID-19, there is a lot to keep track of, from the global to the local to the personal. The City and Borough of Juneau wants to make it easier to stay informed on what’s happening on the community level. Members of CBJ’s Emergency Operations Center, along with City Manager Rorie Watt, will present weekly updates on …

September 4, 2020 - Deadline to apply for a nonprofit sustainability grant is Sept. 15

Juneau nonprofits that’ve been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can now apply for financial assistance through the Juneau Nonprofit Sustainability Grant Program. The Juneau Assembly last month appropriated $3 million of federal CARES Act funding to assist nonprofits that have lost revenue or have had additional expenses due to the pandemic. The Juneau Community Foundation is administering the program. …

September 4, 2020 - Celebrating Labor Day weekend safely

The safest way to celebrate this upcoming Labor Day weekend is with your household or small bubble. Large social gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 by people who are infected and attend these events. Many Alaskans who’ve recently been diagnosed with COVID-19 report that they went to social gatherings, community events, and other social venues while they were …

September 3, 2020 - Capital Transit adds Express service between Downtown Transit Center & Mendenhall Mall

In an effort to provide better service during pandemic-related restrictions, Capital Transit is implementing route adjustments effective Tuesday, September 8 until further notice. Routes 5, 6, and 9 remain suspended and the additional service added to Routes 3 and 4 will be discontinued unless noted below. SERVICE ADJUSTMENTS: Morning Commuter starting from UAS at 7:03 a.m. (Monday – Friday only): …

September 3, 2020 - How does this year’s CBJ Municipal Election By Mail process work?

Due to COVID-19, the Juneau Assembly voted in May 2020 to hold the October 6, 2020 Regular Municipal Election by mail. All voters registered at a residence address by September 6, 2020 in the City and Borough of Juneau will be mailed a ballot at the permanent mailing address on file with the State of Alaska Division of Elections Voter …

September 2, 2020 - As community spread cases continue to increase in Juneau, residents asked to step up COVID-19 precautions

Juneau continues to see an increase in COVID-19 cases that are a result of community spread. In the second half of August, more than a third of the 27 new resident cases were due to community spread. That means these individuals had no known contact to a positive case and hadn’t recently traveled within or out of state. These are the …

September 2, 2020 - Economic Stabilization Task Force Meeting Canceled

The Economic Stabilization Task Force meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 3 at 3 pm is canceled. Task Force meetings will resume on Thursday, September 10 at 3 pm. The purpose of the Task Force is to review the economic landscape and make recommendations to the Assembly. For information on the Economic Stabilization Task Force, please visit the CBJ website at …

September 2, 2020 - Downtown pool reopens Sept. 8; Parks & Recreation programs remain cancelled

The City and Borough of Juneau Parks & Recreation Department is reopening the Augustus Brown Swimming Pool on Tuesday, September 8. With high school swim teams practicing at the Dimond Park Aquatic Center, the Augustus Brown pool will operate during the following times to offer more recreational space for community users: Monday-Friday 5:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. & 2 p.m. …

September 2, 2020 - These are trying times. Send someone a letter of encouragement.

With COVID-19 restrictions in place, many people are socializing less with friends and loved ones this year. For this reason, the Juneau-Douglas City Museum is extending its annual Dr. Walter Soboleff Day letter writing event. Dr. Walter Soboleff Day is November 14 but starting this month, you can visit the City Museum for a free notecard, US postage, and an …

September 1, 2020 - CBJ explains process for potential building acquisition for shelter at Sept. 9 public meeting

The City and Borough of Juneau is considering the purchase of a building to provide space for a cold weather shelter using federal CARES Act funding. Learn about the process during a virtual public information meeting on Wednesday, September 9, at 5 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to provide information to the public and get feedback on proposed …

August 31, 2020 - Weekly COVID-19 updates move to Tuesday; Sept. 1 update will focus on contact tracing

Members of the City and Borough of Juneau’s Emergency Operations Center, along with City Manager Rorie Watt, will present weekly updates on the status of COVID-19 in Juneau every Tuesday at 4 p.m. starting September 1. This week’s update will feature Sarah Hargrave, Southeast Regional Nurse Manager with the State of Alaska’s Public Health Nursing. She’ll explain how contact tracing …

August 31, 2020 - Deadline to apply for CBJ’s Expanded Business Sustainability Grant is Aug. 31

Today is the final day to apply for CBJ’s Expanded Business Sustainability Grant through the Juneau Economic Development Council (JEDC). CBJ released additional funding for small businesses and nonprofits that are experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.   Small Businesses in Juneau can qualify for funding through one of two grant programs. Find more information and apply here. …

August 26, 2020 - How and when to use the Juneau Airport testing site, and what to do after testing

At the Juneau International Airport, the City and Borough of Juneau administers COVID-19 testing, as required under the State of Alaska’s Health Mandate 10 on International and Interstate Travel, for: Travelers arriving from out-of-state without an accepted COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure (testing is free for Alaska residents; testing costs $250 for nonresidents) Voucher retesting 7-14 days …

August 21, 2020 - CBJ reports one new COVID-19 case in Juneau

The City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center is reporting one new Juneau resident with COVID-19. Public Health is attributing the case to community spread, which means no source case was able to be identified. Two other recent resident cases that were under investigation are being attributed to community spread. Cumulatively, Juneau has had 156 residents test positive for …

August 20, 2020 - CBJ reports three new cases of COVID-19 in Juneau

The City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center is reporting three new people with COVID-19 in Juneau – two residents and one nonresident. Public Health has initiated contact investigations. At this time, how the Juneau residents acquired the virus is under investigation. The nonresident with COVID-19 is in the mining sector. Yesterday, CBJ reported four new resident cases. Public …

August 20, 2020 - CBJ extends COVID-19 short-term rental assistance program through Dec. 31

Through the COVID-19 Short-Term Rental Assistance Program, the City and Borough of Juneau aims to assist households where a member has lost their job due to COVID-19 and are unable to meet rent. CBJ has extended the program through December 31, 2020, making funding from the federal CARES Act available to assist qualifying workforce housing renters. Key components of the …

August 19, 2020 - CBJ reports six new COVID-19 cases in Juneau

The City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center is reporting six new people with COVID-19 in Juneau – four residents and two nonresidents. Public Health has initiated contact investigations. At this time, how the Juneau residents acquired the virus is under investigation. The nonresidents with COVID-19 are in the mining sector. Cumulatively, Juneau has had 153 residents test positive …