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CBJ reports six new COVID-19 cases in Juneau

August 19, 2020 – News

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 for COVID-19 since March and 93 nonresidents. Combined, there are 54 active cases in Juneau and 191 individuals have recovered. All individuals with active cases of COVID-19 are in isolation. There is currently one person with COVID-19 hospitalized at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Between August 4 and August 17, 58 cases were attributed to secondary transmission, nine cases to community spread, six cases to out-of-state travel, and two remain under investigation. While about half the cases in this two-week period are associated with outbreaks in businesses, family-gathering type events have been a major source of transmission in Juneau and the community is urged to be cautious about keeping their social bubble small.

CBJ’s numbers – on cumulative case counts, and active and recovered cases – differ from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services dashboard numbers due to more timely reporting. CBJ is in regular contact with the Public Health officials in Juneau, and CBJ’s numbers are based on information received directly from them.

Statewide, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reports 79 new people with COVID-19 – 76 are residents and three are nonresidents. Alaska has had 4,438 cumulative resident cases of COVID-19 and a total of 809 nonresidents. The state reports a total of 29 deaths, including one new death reported Monday. The person who died was a male from Anchorage in his 80s with underlying conditions.