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63 new COVID-19 cases reported for Juneau over the past three days

August 23, 2021 – News

Starting today, the City and Borough of Juneau COVID-19 case count updates will be different. The high rate of spread and infection in Alaska from the COVID-19 delta variant has caused significant strain on the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Division of Public Health’s ability to process lab results and respond with contact tracing in a timely fashion. Due to this strain, the Juneau Public Health Center is unable to provide detailed information to CBJ Emergency Operations Center (EOC) about case acquisition, number of active and recovered cases, cluster information, and other data that was provided in CBJ’s 14-day COVID-19 recaps.

At this time, CBJ will be able to provide:

  • New case numbers as reported by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS)
  • Number of patients with COVID-19 hospitalized at Bartlett Regional Hospital as reported by BRH
  • Recent in-hospital deaths as reported by BRH and other Juneau deaths as reported by DHSS
  • Case activity within the Juneau School District as reported by JSD
  • Statewide COVID-19 numbers as reported by DHSS

Due to these changes, CBJ’s COVID-19 Dashboard will be evolving over the new few days.

COVID-19 case count update for August 23:

DHSS reports 63 new individuals – 57 residents and six nonresidents – identified with COVID-19 over the past three days. There are currently four people with COVID-19 hospitalized at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

The Juneau School District reports four individuals who’ve tested positive for COVID-19 and were infectious while in school – two at Auke Bay Elementary, one at Harborview Elementary, and one at Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School. COVID-19 cases related to schools are posted on the district website as they are reported. These new cases do not result in any classroom closures.

The proper Public Health and JSD protocols are being followed to isolate individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 and identify close contacts. Those who may have been exposed in the schools are directly contacted and given instructions to quarantine and/or test. Individuals who are not identified as a close contact do not need to quarantine or be tested at this time. Find more district related COVID-19 information at juneauschools.org.

Statewide, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reports 1,110 new people identified with COVID-19 in the past three days – 1,050 are residents and 60 are nonresidents. Alaska has had 80,533 cumulative resident cases of COVID-19 and a total of 3,739 nonresidents.