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CBJ reports two new COVID-19 cases in Juneau; two previous cases are within school district

February 4, 2021 – News

The City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center is reporting two new individuals identified with COVID-19 in Juneau – one is a resident and one is a nonresident. The resident case is associated with Wildflower Court, though Public Health has not yet determined how the individual acquired the virus. For now, the case is part of the cluster, which now totals 11 individuals with three recovered. The nonresident is in the mining sector and is attributed to out-of-state travel.

Yesterday, the Emergency Operations Center reported six new residents identified with COVID-19 in Juneau. Two of those cases are within the Juneau School District – an individual at Juneau-Douglas High School and an individual at Auke Bay Elementary School.

The individual who tested positive at JDHS participated in the January 29-30 Boys Basketball series between JDHS and Thunder Mountain High School that took place at TMHS. Due to possible exposure at that event, all teams involved – JDHS junior varsity and varsity boys basketball teams, and TMHS junior varsity and varsity boys basketball teams – are quarantining and will test for COVID-19. Public Health and the school district have completed contact tracing and individuals who may have been exposed have already been contacted. In-person instruction has not been disrupted at either high school.

At Auke Bay, one classroom – staff and students – is currently quarantining. Public Health and the school district have completed contact tracing and individuals who may have been exposed have already been contacted. In-person instruction in the rest of the school has not been impacted.

Again, students and staff who have NOT been identified as a close contact do not need to quarantine or be tested at this time. A close contact is considered being within six feet of an infected person for a cumulative 15 minutes or more per day.

Parents are advised to continue to assess your child’s health before going to school each day. The district reminds families to keep children home if anyone in the family develops COVID-19 symptoms, is awaiting COVID-19 test results, or if the child has contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case. For more school district information on COVID-19, go to juneauschools.org.

Cumulatively, Juneau has had 1,090 residents test positive for COVID-19 since March and 139 nonresidents. There are 36 active cases in Juneau and 1,188 individuals have recovered. All individuals with active cases of COVID-19 are in isolation.

Statewide, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) today reports 184 new people identified with COVID-19 – 158 are residents and 26 are nonresidents. Alaska has had 53,114 cumulative resident cases of COVID-19 and a total of 1,891 nonresidents.

Vaccine information

According to DHSS, 5,324 people in the Juneau region have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine – either Pfizer or Moderna – and 1,728 have completed both doses. Statewide, 99,814 people have received their first dose and 34,192 have completed both doses.