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

October 26, 2020 – News

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 that cluster total to 77 so far. The cluster includes family members, friends, individuals who work for a social service organization, and those who live with someone who works for one of these agencies. Last Friday, the EOC conducted 140 COVID-19 tests at AWARE, Housing First, the Glory Hall, and the cold weather shelter run by St. Vincent de Paul. Results from this testing effort are still pending.

Cumulatively, Juneau has had 460 residents test positive for COVID-19 since March and 104 nonresidents. There are 96 active cases in Juneau and 465 individuals have recovered. All individuals with active cases of COVID-19 are in isolation. There are currently three people with COVID-19 hospitalized at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Statewide, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services today reports 348 new people with COVID-19 – 347 are residents and one is a nonresident. Alaska has had 13,360 cumulative resident cases of COVID-19 and a total of 1,053 nonresidents.

For more information on the status of COVID-19 in Juneau, EOC staff and City Manager Rorie Watt will present a weekly update tomorrow, October 27, at 4 p.m. Watch the COVID-19 Community Update by joining the Zoom webinar https://juneau.zoom.us/j/98563085159, or calling 1-346-248-7799 or 1-669-900-6833 or 1-253-215-8782, webinar ID 985 6308 5159. CBJ staff will take questions from the media during the update.