COVID-19 News Archive

November 25, 2020 - CBJ Housing Assistance grant increases to up to $3,000. If you’ve already applied, no need to reapply.

Individuals and households in Juneau that have been financially harmed by the pandemic may now receive up to $3,000 in relief through the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Grant Program. The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly passed a resolution Monday, November 23, approving the increase for the housing benefit from $1,500 to $2,500. The grant program also allows an individual or …

November 25, 2020 - CBJ reports 10 new COVID-19 cases in Juneau

The City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center is reporting 10 new residents with COVID-19 in Juneau. Public Health is attributing six cases to secondary transmission, one to community spread, and the rest are under investigation. Cumulatively, Juneau has had 744 residents test positive for COVID-19 since March and 112 nonresidents. There are 65 active cases in Juneau and 787 individuals …

November 25, 2020 - Juneau’s 14-day COVID-19 recap: Nov. 9 – Nov. 22

Over the 14-day period from November 9 to November 22, there were 112 people in Juneau who tested positive for COVID-19 (that’s up from 97 during the previous two weeks): 14 percent of cases from this time period are associated with ongoing clusters. The University of Alaska Southeast had eight cases. In addition, a cluster of households resulted in 10 positive …

November 25, 2020 - Capital Transit increasing capacity limits starting Friday

Due to changes within the buses, Capital Transit is increasing bus capacity limits to twelve (12) riders and reinstating front door boarding for all passengers starting Friday, November 27. Capital Transit has installed plexiglass protective barriers around all drivers, allowing passengers to, once again, board through the front door. In addition, Capital Transit will be opening the roped-off front area …

November 24, 2020 - CBJ reports two new COVID-19 cases in Juneau

The City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center is reporting two new residents with COVID-19 in Juneau. How the individuals acquired the virus is under investigation. Cumulatively, Juneau has had 734 residents test positive for COVID-19 since March and 112 nonresidents. There are 56 active cases in Juneau and 786 individuals have recovered. All individuals with active cases of COVID-19 are …

November 23, 2020 - CBJ reports 31 new COVID-19 cases in Juneau Nov. 21-23

The City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center is reporting 31 new individuals with COVID-19 in Juneau – 29 are residents and two are nonresidents. These cases came in November 21-23. Public Health is attributing 11 of the resident cases to secondary transmission, seven to community spread, two to out-of-state travel, and the rest are under investigation. The nonresident …

November 23, 2020 - UPDATED: How and when to use the Juneau Airport testing site & what to do after testing

The City and Borough of Juneau administers COVID-19 testing at the Juneau International Airport for the following purposes: 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). This is part of the State of Alaska’s COVID-19 Health Order 6. Follow-up testing 5-14 days …

November 20, 2020 - CBJ reports seven new COVID-19 cases in Juneau

The City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center is reporting seven new residents with COVID-19 in Juneau. Public Health is attributing two of the cases to community spread and the rest are under investigation. The University of Alaska Southeast cluster is currently at eight cases – six are active and two have recovered. One of the students with an active case …

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

The City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center is reporting 16 new residents with COVID-19 in Juneau. Public Health is attributing four of the cases to secondary transmission and the rest are under investigation. One of the secondary cases is an individual at the University of Alaska Southeast, bringing that cluster total to eight – six cases are active …

November 18, 2020 - Juneau’s 14-day COVID-19 recap: Nov. 2 – Nov. 15

Over the 14-day period from November 2 to November 15, there were 97 people in Juneau who tested positive for COVID-19 (that’s down from 107 during the previous two weeks): 25 percent of cases from this time period are associated with ongoing clusters. One cluster involves cases among Juneau’s vulnerable/unsheltered population and their close contacts. In all, 93 people associated …

November 18, 2020 - CBJ reports 10 new COVID-19 cases in Juneau

The City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center is reporting 10 new residents with COVID-19 in Juneau. Public Health is attributing two of the cases to secondary transmission, two to out-of-state travel, one to community spread, and the rest are under investigation. The University of Alaska Southeast cluster is currently at seven cases – six are active and one has recovered. …

November 17, 2020 - CBJ reports five new COVID-19 cases in Juneau

The City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center is reporting five new individuals with COVID-19 in Juneau – four are residents and one is a nonresident. Public Health is attributing two of the resident cases to secondary transmission and the other two are under investigation. The nonresident case is under investigation as well. The University of Alaska Southeast cluster is still …

November 17, 2020 - New rules for traveling to Alaska communities off the ferry/road system

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, Governor Mike Dunleavy recently issued new testing requirements and guidance for traveling within the state, specifically traveling from communities on the ferry/road system to communities off the ferry/road system (ferry refers to the Alaska Marine Highway System or the Inter-Island Ferry System). These rules take effect this Saturday, November 21. Here’s how they apply …

November 16, 2020 - CBJ reports 27 new COVID-19 cases in Juneau Nov. 14-16

The City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center is reporting 27 new individuals with COVID-19 in Juneau – 26 are residents and one is a nonresident. These cases came in November 14-16. Public Health is attributing nine of the resident cases to secondary transmission and the rest are under investigation. The nonresident case is a visitor to Juneau. The …

November 16, 2020 - When you apply for CBJ Housing Assistance, make sure your application is complete

If you or your household has been financially harmed by the pandemic, you can still apply for the City and Borough of Juneau’s COVID-19 Housing Assistance Grant Program to receive funding for mortgage, rent, and utilities. Catholic Community Service, which is administering the program, is accepting applications through December 12. Find the application here. When you apply, make sure you …

November 13, 2020 - CBJ reports 14 new COVID-19 cases in Juneau

The City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center is reporting 14 new residents with COVID-19 in Juneau. Public Health is attributing five of the resident cases to secondary transmission, two are related to out-of-state travel, and the rest are under investigation. The five secondary cases are part of a new cluster associated with the University of Alaska Southeast. The …

November 13, 2020 - Celebrate Thanksgiving safely this year

Traditional Thanksgiving gatherings with family and friends can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19. With COVID-19 cases on the rise around Alaska and small household gatherings contributing to the increase, the City and Borough of Juneau urges community members to only celebrate Thanksgiving inside with people in your household, and seek creative ways to connect virtually or safely …

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November 13, 2020 - Juneau School District delays expansion of in-person learning

The Juneau School District has decided to delay the introduction of regular education students into schools for in-person instruction. Last week, the district announced kindergarten students returning to the classroom as soon as November 30. Now, regular education in-person learning will begin no earlier than January 11. The decision was made in response to Governor Mike Dunleavy’s emergency message yesterday morning …

November 12, 2020 - Gov. Dunleavy’s emergency message consistent with CBJ’s current COVID-19 mitigation strategies

Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy’s emergency message this morning reinforces the measures the City and Borough of Juneau has taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Juneau. CBJ Emergency Operations Center raised the overall community risk level to Level 3 High on October 20, and that remains the current level. At this time, CBJ is not raising the risk level …

November 12, 2020 - CBJ reports 12 new COVID-19 cases in Juneau Nov. 11-12

The City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center is reporting 12 new individuals with COVID-19 in Juneau over yesterday and today – 10 residents and two nonresidents. Public Health is attributing two of the resident cases to community spread, one to secondary transmission, and the remaining seven resident cases are under investigation. The two nonresidents are in the mining …

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November 10, 2020 - Centennial Hall COVID-19 isolation facility has served 35 individuals

The City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center opened Centennial Hall as a COVID-19 isolation facility in mid-October. It was in response to a cluster of cases associated with Juneau’s vulnerable/unsheltered population, which grew to include family members, friends, individuals who work for a social service organization, and those who live with someone who works for one of these …

November 10, 2020 - CBJ reports 17 new COVID-19 cases in Juneau

The City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center is reporting 17 new residents with COVID-19 in Juneau. Public Health is attributing eight of the cases to secondary transmission (most within households), two are related to out-of-state travel, and the rest are under investigation. The Mendenhall Auto Center cluster is currently at 46 cases – 21 are active and 25 …

November 10, 2020 - Juneau’s 14-day COVID-19 recap: Oct. 26 – Nov. 8

Over the 14-day period from October 26 to November 8, there were 107 people in Juneau who tested positive for COVID-19 (that’s down from 138 during the previous two weeks): 85 percent of cases from this time period are associated with ongoing clusters. One cluster involves cases among Juneau’s vulnerable/unsheltered population and their close contacts. In all, 93 people associated with …

November 9, 2020 - CBJ reports 16 new COVID-19 cases in Juneau

The City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center is reporting 16 new residents with COVID-19 in Juneau. All but one of these cases came in over the weekend. Public Health is attributing six of the resident cases to secondary transmission and the rest are under investigation. The Mendenhall Auto Center cluster is currently at 45 cases – 22 are …

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November 9, 2020 - Juneau School District expands in-person learning starting this week

The Juneau School District is welcoming Kinder Ready preschool classes to in-person learning today, November 9. Two small cohorts of preschoolers kick off the district’s slow and incremental expansion of in-person attendance at schools. JSD Superintendent Bridget Weiss will be joining the November 10 COVID-19 Community Update; submit questions to the superintendent by emailing CovidQuestions@juneau.org. Following Kinder Ready, the district …

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November 6, 2020 - Economic Stabilization Task Force meets Monday, Nov. 9

The Economic Stabilization Task Force will meet on Monday, November 9 at 3:30 p.m. 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 these options. Please click the link to join the meeting: https://juneau.zoom.us/j/95054103105, or call 1-346-248-7799 or 1-669-900-6833 …

November 6, 2020 - CBJ reports four new COVID-19 cases in Juneau

The City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center is reporting four new individuals with COVID-19 in Juneau – three are residents and one is a nonresident. Public Health is attributing one of the resident cases to secondary transmission and the other two are under investigation. The nonresident is a visitor to Juneau. The Mendenhall Auto Center cluster is currently …

November 5, 2020 - CBJ reports 14 new COVID-19 cases in Juneau

The City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center is reporting 14 new residents with COVID-19 in Juneau. Public Health is attributing eight of the cases to secondary transmission and the rest are under investigation. Of the 15 cases reported yesterday, 14 of them were through secondary transmission. Public Health says the rash of secondary cases is largely due to …

November 4, 2020 - CBJ reports 15 new COVID-19 cases in Juneau

The City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center is reporting 15 new residents with COVID-19 in Juneau. Public Health is attributing four of the cases to secondary transmission and the rest are under investigation. One of the secondary cases is associated with Mendenhall Auto Center, bringing that cluster total to 29. The cluster includes employees as well as close …

November 4, 2020 - Have children in K-5 or employ people who do? Take a survey on childcare needs.

In order to get a detailed picture of childcare needs during the pandemic for Juneau families with children in K-5, the City and Borough of Juneau has created two surveys – one for families and one for employers. Take the family survey here. Take the employer survey here. Data from the survey will help CBJ work with families and businesses …

November 4, 2020 - Juneau’s 14-day COVID-19 recap: Oct. 18 – Nov. 1

Over the 14-day period from October 18 to November 1, 138 people in Juneau tested positive for COVID-19 (that’s up from 107 during the previous two weeks): 35 percent of cases from this time period are associated with ongoing clusters. One cluster involves cases among Juneau’s vulnerable/unsheltered population and their close contacts. A new cluster associated with Mendenhall Auto Center …

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November 4, 2020 - Nov. 7 Assembly retreat: goals, finances & racial equity

During its annual retreat on Saturday, the Juneau Assembly will hear presentations on Juneau’s economic outlook and the City and Borough of Juneau’s financial forecast, review its 2020 goals and discuss 2021 goals, and take part in a dialogue on racial equity with the First Alaskans Institute. The retreat will occur 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on November 7 at …

November 3, 2020 - CBJ reports 22 new COVID-19 cases in Juneau

The City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center is reporting 22 new residents with COVID-19 in Juneau. Ten of those cases were reported Monday and today; the rest came in over the weekend. Yesterday, CBJ reported 12 new cases that also came in over the weekend. Three recent cases are connected to the cluster associated with Juneau’s vulnerable/unsheltered population, …

November 2, 2020 - Election Day polls are open until 8 p.m.

It’s Election Day! As a reminder, polls are OPEN today 7 am to 8 pm. Here’s a complete list of polling places in Juneau (District 33 and 34): Douglas Public Library State of Alaska Library Archives Museum Juneau-Douglas High School Juneau Tlingit Haida Community Council Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School Juneau Fire Station UAS Recreation Center Nugget Mall Auke Bay Ferry …

November 2, 2020 - CBJ reports 12 new COVID-19 cases in Juneau over the weekend

The City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center is reporting 12 new residents with COVID-19 in Juneau. These cases came in over the weekend; the EOC does not have information about new cases today. Due to a statewide backlog of cases, thorough contact tracing is strained, which means infection acquisition of most individuals will remain under investigation. Juneau residents …

November 1, 2020 - School meal program adds new afternoon/evening pickup time

The Juneau School District school meal program has added a new pickup time after a recent survey showed demand for it. Students and families now have the option to pick up meals at Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The district program offers free breakfast and lunch meals to all children and youth …

October 30, 2020 - CBJ reports seven new COVID-19 cases in Juneau

The City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center is reporting seven new individuals with COVID-19 in Juneau – six residents and one nonresident. No new cases are part of a current cluster in Juneau. Due to a statewide backlog of cases, thorough contact tracing is strained, which means infection acquisition of most individuals will remain under investigation. Juneau residents …

October 30, 2020 - How to vote in the Nov. 3 General Election while in quarantine or isolation

For Juneau voters who had plans to vote in the November 3 General Election but find themselves unexpectedly in quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19, you can still vote. Here are two options: Special Needs Voting Have someone pick up and deliver a ballot to you. This person is called a personal representative. Your personal representative may pick up a …

October 30, 2020 - Treadwell Arena reopens to limited use

When the City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center raised the overall community risk to Level 3 High, several CBJ facilities temporarily closed on October 21, including Treadwell Ice Arena. After working directly with core user groups and implementing COVID-19 mitigation strategies appropriate to the current community risk level, the ice rink has reopened to limited use. At Level …

October 29, 2020 - CBJ reports 26 new COVID-19 cases in Juneau

The City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center is reporting 26 new Juneau residents with COVID-19. Eleven are part of a new cluster; none are connected to the cluster of cases associated with Juneau’s vulnerable/unsheltered population. Due to a statewide backlog of cases, thorough contact tracing is strained, which means infection acquisition of most individuals will remain under investigation. …

October 29, 2020 - When it comes to indoor recreation, masks are still required. Here’s why.

The current risk level for the spread of COVID-19 in Juneau is high, according to both the City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center and the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. A major component of the EOC’s community mitigation strategies is mask wearing by all individuals when outside of the home and in indoor, public places. As a …

October 28, 2020 - Juneau’s 14-day COVID-19 recap: Oct. 12 – Oct. 25

Over the 14-day period from October 12 to October 25, 107 people in Juneau tested positive for COVID-19: Public Health attributed 34.5 percent of the cases to community spread, 40 percent to secondary transmission, 10 percent to out-of-state travel, and 15.5 percent of the cases remained under investigation. 41 percent of the cases from this time period are associated with …

October 28, 2020 - CBJ reports 12 new COVID-19 cases in Juneau

The City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center is reporting 12 new Juneau residents with COVID-19. Public Health is attributing one case to secondary transmission and the rest are under investigation. Due to a statewide backlog, it may be a few days before a contact tracer can follow up with those who test positive for COVID-19. In the meantime, …

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October 28, 2020 - If you test positive for COVID-19, let your close contacts know immediately

When a person tests positive for COVID-19, they are first notified of their result by testing facilities or providers. Due to a statewide data reporting backlog, it may be a few days before cases are entered into the Department of Health and Social Services system and a Public Health contact tracer can call those who test positive. In the meantime, …

October 27, 2020 - CBJ reports 14 new COVID-19 cases in Juneau

The City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center is reporting 14 new Juneau residents with COVID-19 today and 91 active cases. Of the 91 active cases, 22 are within the ongoing vulnerable/unsheltered population cluster. That means case activity outside of the cluster is significant, particularly around family and social gatherings. The EOC urges residents to refrain from indoor, unmasked gatherings …

October 26, 2020 - COVID-19 Housing Assistance: Applications open Tuesday & information session Wednesday

Individuals and households in Juneau that have been financially harmed by the pandemic can apply for some relief through the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Grant Program starting tomorrow, October 27, at 8 a.m. Find the application at ccsak.org/CBJgrant. You can also learn more about the program during a public information Zoom session on Wednesday, October 28, at 12 p.m. Join the …

October 26, 2020 - CBJ reports 34 new COVID-19 cases in Juneau Oct. 24-26

The City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center is reporting 34 new Juneau residents with COVID-19. These cases came in over the long weekend and today. Public Health is attributing 17 to secondary transmission, two to out-of-state travel, and the rest are under investigation. Of the new cases, four are linked to other cases among Juneau’s vulnerable/unsheltered population, bringing …

October 26, 2020 - Changes to Juneau airport COVID-19 testing go into effect Tuesday, Oct. 27

Starting Tuesday, October 27, travelers arriving to the Juneau International Airport will need to complete a new registration process in order to get tested for COVID-19: Travelers arriving from out-of-state without proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure will need to complete two registrations – 1) The standard State of Alaska Travel Portal and, 2) …

October 23, 2020 - CBJ reports 10 new COVID-19 cases in Juneau

The City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center is reporting 10 new residents with COVID-19 in Juneau. Public Health is attributing four cases to secondary transmission, one to community spread, and the rest are under investigation. Of the new cases, four cases are linked to other cases among Juneau’s vulnerable/unsheltered population, bringing that cluster total to 73 so far. …

October 23, 2020 - Juneau pools reopen on reservation system Oct. 26 & more info on Libraries curbside service

Due to the City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center raising the overall community risk to Level 3 High, Juneau Pools and Juneau Public Libraries have altered operations. Here are more details: Juneau Pools After temporarily closing this week, Augustus Brown Pool and Dimond Park Aquatic Center are reopening Monday, October 26, by reservation only with a maximum capacity of 20. …

October 22, 2020 - CBJ reports seven new COVID-19 cases in Juneau

The City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center is reporting seven new individuals with COVID-19 in Juneau – five are residents and two are nonresidents. Public Health is attributing one resident case to secondary tra