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Symptoms

Reported illnesses range from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 cases. Symptoms of COVID-19 may include any of the following: fever (>100.4), dry cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, decreased appetite, diminished sense of taste or smell, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, muscle/joint aches, nausea, rash, rigors, runny nose, sore throat, or sputum production. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

graphic of thermometer

FEVER > 100.4

graphic of person coughing

DRY COUGH

graphic of lungs

SHORTNESS OF BREATH

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include, but are not limited to, trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, and bluish lips or face.

Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning. Call your doctor if you develop symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or have recently traveled from an area with widespread/ongoing community spread of COVID-19.

Flatten the Curve

“Flatten the curve” means to avoid a huge spike of infections in a short period of time and instead, stretch – or flatten – the number of infections over a longer time period. By slowing the transmission we can have fewer people ill at the same time and avoid overwhelming Juneau’s healthcare system.

Graphic with two infection rate graphs, one showing trajectory without intervention (higher spike in shorter time) and one with intervention (lower spike spread out over a longer period).

What You Can Do to Prevent Illness

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.

Please consult with your health care provider about additional steps you may be able to take to protect yourself.

Take Steps to Protect Yourself and Others

Wash hands often.

Clean Hands Often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Avoid close contact

Avoid Close Contact

Stay home if sick.

Stay Home if Sick

  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you feel worse or you think it is an emergency.
  • Avoid public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
Cover coughs and sneezes.

Cover Coughs & Sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Avoid touching your face.

Avoid Touching Face

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection. Complete disinfection guidance can be found here
COVID-19 Glossary

Frequently Asked Questions

A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold. A diagnosis with coronavirus 229E, NL63, OC43, or HKU1 is not the same as a COVID-19 diagnosis. Patients with COVID-19 will be evaluated and cared for differently than patients with common coronavirus diagnosis.

Call your healthcare provider and discuss whether or not you need to be seen. If you think it is an emergency, call ahead and let healthcare workers know that you are coming so appropriate precautions can be taken. Please remember, limiting exposure of healthcare workers assists in keeping local medical providers healthy. If you do not have a primary health care provider, are unable to contact them, or your provider is unable to perform the testing, call the CCFR COVID-19 screening hotline, 586-6000, daily from noon to 6 p.m. Testing will be arranged if appropriate. Please also refer to CDC recommendations: What to do if you are sick
Individual actions affect the health of our entire community. Whether you are young or old, sick or well, we all need to work together to slow the spread of the coronavirus so we can reduce the number of illnesses, hospitalizations, and overall strain on our healthcare system. Even healthy people are at risk and your activities can increase the risk for others. It’s critical you do your part to slow the spread. Taking care of yourself takes care of our community. 

Under the Juneau Assembly’s Hunker Down Resolution, Juneau residents are required to stay at home as much as possible, except to:

On the limited occasions when individuals leave home, they should maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any person outside their household whenever possible. Read the full resolution here.

The State of Alaska’s Health Mandate 11 requires essentially the same thing. Both the Juneau Assembly resolution and the state mandate assert strong policy declarations that most people need to stay home. Answers to frequently asked questions about Health Mandate 11 can be read here.

They are both terms we’re hearing a lot about as COVID-19 spreads, and they mean very different things. Isolation and quarantine are methods used to protect the public by preventing exposure to infected persons or to persons who may be infected.

  • Isolation – separates sick people from people who are not sick.
  • Quarantine –separates and restricts movements of people who may have been exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.

If you are sick, you will be asked to self-isolate, most likely at your home if you are not seriously ill and can separate yourself from other family members. If you have had contact with known case or have traveled to an area where there is COVID-19 spread but are not yet showing symptoms, you may be asked to quarantine at home for a period of time to determine if you will become ill.

The state issued Health Mandate 10 requiring all people arriving in Alaska, whether resident, worker or visitor, to self-quarantine for 14 days and monitor for illness. The state issued this helpful Frequently Asked Questions sheet about Mandate 10.1.

Then the state issued Health Mandate 12, which prohibits all in-state travel between communities, whether resident, worker, or visitor, unless travel is to support critical infrastructure, or for critical personal needs. Answers to frequently asked questions about Health Mandate 11 can be read here.

The State of Alaska has issued a mandate requiring all incoming travelers – whether resident, worker or visitor – to self-quarantine for 14 days and monitor for illness. Upon arrival, travelers will also be asked to fill out a Travel Declaration Form.

In addition, Capital City Fire/Rescue is offering volunteer screening to passengers when they arrive at the airport. Passengers with a temperature of 100.4 F will be advised on contacting a medical provider, self-quarantining, and transport.

Juneau International Airport has implemented stringent cleaning protocols in the terminal facility and hand sanitizer is provided in high traffic areas throughout the terminal.

Yes, you can still go outside and go on hikes as long as you’re social distancing. The Assembly’s intent is that all people in the City and Borough of Juneau stay home as much as possible, while still going outside to get fresh air and recreate. Maintain a distance of at least six feet from any person outside of your home.

Juneau Police Department and Capital City Fire/Rescue are still responding to emergencies and have been trained in taking proper precautions to protect themselves. In addition, both have implemented the following changes in order to limit staff exposure:

  • Calls for JPD services that do not require a police officer to physically respond will be handled online or over the phone. Non-emergency reporting can be done by calling (907) 586-0600 or by visiting Juneaupolice.com.
  • CCFR has initiated a temporary “quarantine at home” protocol for certain 911 transports. If the call is related to COVID-19 symptoms, the medical provider that arrives will determine if transport to Bartlett Regional Hospital is needed, or if criteria for quarantining at home is met.

The barge will continue normal operations while taking necessary precautions to keep employees and customers safe.

Sign up to volunteer or donate with the Volunteer and Community Collaboration Task Force. The task force is part of the Emergency Operations Center, a unified command between the City and Borough of Juneau, Bartlett Regional Hospital, the state’s Division of Public Health, and other partners. Individuals or businesses/organizations that want to volunteer and/or donate will be connected accordingly. Volunteer and donation needs will evolve over time.

For more helpful information about COVID-19, please refer to CDC’s Frequently Asked Questions, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) website, and Bartlett Regional Hospital’s COVID-19 page..

CDC COVID-19 FAQS
DHSS Covid-19 Page
BRH COVID-19 PAGE
Have a non-clinical question about COVID-19? Call 2-1-1. Alaska 211 can help the public with questions about COVID-19 and refer callers to appropriate resources.

Have a non-clinical question about COVID-19? Call 2-1-1. Alaska 211 can help the public with questions about COVID-19 and refer callers to appropriate resources.

John Hopkins CSSE Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases Map