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Juneau gets fifth confirmed case of COVID-19

March 29, 2020 – News

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) today confirmed Juneau’s fifth case of COVID-19. The source of the virus for this case and the fourth case, confirmed on March 27, are currently under investigation.

The City and Borough of Juneau is coordinating closely with DHSS. Officials with the state Division of Public Health will initiate a contact investigation and reach out to any person who may have come into contact with the individual. Public Health will notify and isolate additional persons as appropriate. CBJ will update the public with information needed for community health and safety as CBJ learns of it.

If ill, you should not only stay home but separate yourself from other people in your home; this is known as home isolation. As much as possible, you should stay away from others. You should stay in a specific “sick room” if possible, and away from other people in your home. Use a separate bathroom, if available.

As a reminder, please follow these guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19:

  1. Wash hands frequently, cover coughs and sneezes, and clean frequently touched surfaces.
  2. Keep at least 6 feet away from others. Stay home and work from home as much as possible.
  3. If you are sick with a respiratory infection, even with mild symptoms, isolate yourself from others, and call your health care provider ahead of time if you need medical attention.
  4. In accordance with the Juneau Assembly’s Hunker Down resolution and State of Alaska’s Health Mandate 11, Juneau residents are required to stay at home as much as possible.
  5. Continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations.

For more local news, information, and resources to help keep Juneau safe and healthy, go to juneau.org/covid-19.