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72 new COVID-19 cases reported for Juneau

August 31, 2021 – News

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reports 72 new individuals in the Juneau community – 63 residents and nine nonresidents – identified with COVID-19 for August 31. There are currently three people with COVID-19 hospitalized at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

The Juneau School District reports two individual who’ve tested positive for COVID-19 and were infectious while in school – one at Sítʼ Eetí Shaanáx̱ Glacier Valley (case is under investigation) and one at Juneau-Douglas High School (all classes operating on regular schedules). COVID-19 cases related to schools are posted on the district website as they are reported (click on the green “COVID-19 Cases” block). Find more district-related COVID-19 information at juneauschools.org.

Juneau Public Health reports these generalized case trends for the past week:

  • There continues to be small case activity with one of the mines. The mine is conducting regular testing, all individuals who are positive are isolating, and close contacts are in quarantine.
  • A lot of cases are coming from household spread. Once one person in the house is positive, most people in the household also test positive over the next week or two.
  • Regular screening testing is showing some case activity in congregate living situations. Facilities are being extra vigilant in COVID-19 mitigation protocols.
  • There is some case positivity on small and large cruise ships. Protocols are being followed closely and identified positives are not being allowed off the vessels.
  • The School District continues to report regular case activity. They are monitoring closely and working issues classroom by classroom. Most case positivity is showing up in elementary schools as the age group is not yet eligible for vaccination.

Statewide, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reports 634 new people identified with COVID-19 – 601 are residents and 33 are nonresidents. The state is also reporting six deaths – four residents and two nonresidents – bringing the total number of resident deaths to 431 and the total number of nonresident deaths to 13. The resident deaths involve a female Anchorage resident in her 30s, a male resident of the Dillingham Census area in his 60s, a male Anchorage resident in his 70s, and a female Anchorage resident in her 20s. The nonresident deaths involve two men, both in their 70s, who died in Anchorage. Alaska has had 84,597 cumulative resident cases of COVID-19 and a total of 3,950 nonresidents.

Juneau vaccine update:

  • 71.4 percent of the total population of Juneau has received at least 1 dose of vaccine and 67.6 percent has completed the vaccine series.
  • 91.9 percent of the population in Juneau age 65+ has received at least one dose of vaccine and 89.2 percent has completed the vaccine series.

For more information, read CBJ’s Emergency Operations Center Reports here.