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Juneau’s 14-day COVID-19 recap: Nov. 2 – Nov. 15

November 18, 2020 – News

Over the 14-day period from November 2 to November 15, there were 97 people in Juneau who tested positive for COVID-19 (that’s down from 107 during the previous two weeks):

  • 25 percent of cases from this time period are associated with ongoing clusters. One cluster involves cases among Juneau’s vulnerable/unsheltered population and their close contacts. In all, 93 people associated with this cluster have tested positive. The cluster associated with Mendenhall Auto Center had 50 cases. A new cluster emerged at the University of Alaska Southeast during this timeframe, with seven cases. In addition, travel and transmission among household members continue to be a source of disease.
  • Public Health attributed 48.5 percent to secondary transmission, 11.5 percent to out-of-state travel, 7 percent of the cases to community spread, and 33 percent of the cases remain under investigation.
  • Contact tracing is impaired due to the statewide caseload; 50 percent of cases were contacted within 24 hours of a positive test being returned.
  • Disease spread is across all age groups, most racial groups (individuals who self-identified as white is the highest at 39, individuals who self-identified as Alaska Native is next highest at 34), and is slightly more prevalent in males than females (52.5 percent/47.5 percent).

Contact tracing remains impaired due to the statewide caseload. Residents must take appropriate cautions, including limiting social bubbles to immediate family members. Those who test positive are urged to immediately call their own close contacts. Read more about what to do here.

Read the full Emergency Operations Center Report, which included this weekly recap, as well as other daily reports here.