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State reports 147 new COVID-19 cases for Juneau over past 7 days

December 29, 2021 – News

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) reports 75 new residents and 4 nonresidents in the Juneau community identified with COVID-19 for December 27 and 28. Additionally, 64 new residents and 4 nonresidents were reported on Monday, representing cases reported between December 22 and December 26. These numbers total 147 new cases which represent a significant increase over recent trends.  According to Juneau Public Health, there are about 156 active cases.

While genomic sequencing data lags case reports by 2-3 weeks, given nationwide trends, it is reasonable to expect this recent increase is due in part to holiday travel and the spread of the Omicron variant.

There are currently no individuals with COVID-19 hospitalized at Bartlett Regional Hospital.  To maintain local medical capacity and protect individual and public health, the CBJ EOC urges individuals who are eligible for a vaccine booster dose to seek one at a local pharmacy, the Juneau International Airport, or the Juneau Public Health Center.  To make an appointment for a booster, visit https://juneau.org/vaccine or call the CBJ COVID-19 Hotline at 907-586-6000.

Consistent with CDC guidance, the CBJ EOC continues to strongly recommend individuals wear well-fitted masks when in indoor public spaces.  Masking for those who are unvaccinated remains required and individual organizations and businesses may require masking regardless of vaccination status.

Additionally, individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and are at high risk should consult with their physician about whether monoclonal antibody treatment may be appropriate.  Monoclonal antibodies are only effective early in the disease course.  For those without a physician, call Bartlett Regional Hospital’s Emergency Department at 907-796-8900.

For more information, contact CBJ’s Emergency Operations Center at COVIDquestions@juneau.org