COVID-19 News Archive

July 10, 2020 - SEARHC begins free asymptomatic testing in Juneau for Tribal beneficiaries July 11

SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) begins free COVID-19 asymptomatic testing in Juneau for Tribal beneficiaries July 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, July 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Testing will take place at the Empire Building parking lot. No appointment is necessary. Weekend asymptomatic testing for Tribal beneficiaries will be available through December. SEARHC is also …

July 10, 2020 - State to distribute $35 million of CARES Act funding to nonprofits in Alaska

Alaskan nonprofits and faith-based organizations that provide critical services to Alaskans can now apply for financial relief through the Coronavirus Nonprofit Relief Fund, a new State of Alaska grant program. The state set aside $35 million from CARES Act funding to specifically support nonprofits in Alaska adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and has partnered with the Alaska Community Foundation …

July 10, 2020 - Juneau has a new resident case of COVID-19

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) reports today one new resident case of COVID-19 in Juneau. How the person contracted the virus is under investigation. The resident case is part of 55 new cases statewide – 51 Alaska residents and 4 nonresidents. The new resident case is an employee at Bartlett Regional Hospital. The employee is not …

July 9, 2020 - Dimond Park Aquatic Center resumes drop-in swimming Monday, no reservations required

The City and Borough of Juneau Parks & Recreation Department is proceeding to the next phase of its reopening plan for the Dimond Park Aquatic Center next week. Starting Monday, July 13, drop-in recreation resumes; all previously made reservations will be canceled. Effective Monday, July 13, DPAC will be open Monday, 5:30 am – 1 pm & 5:30 pm – …

July 8, 2020 - States reports 49 new COVID-19 cases. One of them is in Juneau.

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reports today one new nonresident case of COVID-19 in Juneau. The person is a visitor to Juneau. The nonresident case is part of 49 new cases statewide – 40 Alaska residents and 9 nonresidents. Cumulatively, Juneau has had six nonresident cases of COVID-19, one of which is active, and 46 resident cases. …

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July 7, 2020 - Special Assembly Meeting Wednesday, July 8 at 5 p.m. immediately followed by Finance Committee Meeting

The Assembly will hold a Special Meeting on Wednesday, July 8 beginning at 5p.m. The agenda includes: EOC COVID-19 Update Public Hearing for Ordinance 2020-33: An Ordinance Amending Emergency Appropriation Resolution 2889(am) Related to COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program. This ordinance would change two components of the COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program: It amends the funding source from the Affordable Housing …

July 6, 2020 - Juneau has a new nonresident COVID-19 case

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reports today one new nonresident case of COVID-19 in Juneau. The state reported another nonresident case for Juneau on July 4, bringing the total to six nonresidents. According to Division of Public Health, both individuals are visitors to Juneau. The nonresident case today is part of 30 new cases statewide – 28 …

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July 3, 2020 - States reports 60 new COVID-19 cases. One of them is in Juneau.

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reports one new resident case of COVID-19 in Juneau. How the individual contracted the virus is under investigation. Juneau’s case today is part of 46 new resident and 14 nonresident cases statewide. “We are concerned about Alaska’s sharp rise in cases and hope everyone takes this as a warning call to limit …

July 2, 2020 - School board holds a public forum on school re-entry plan Monday, July 6 at 5 p.m.

The Juneau Board of Education is holding a public forum on the Juneau School District’s Smart Start School Re-entry Plan on Monday, July 6 at 5 p.m. There will be a presentation by Superintendent Bridget Weiss followed by an opportunity for members of the public to ask questions. Join the Zoom Meeting online https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84525405472 or call 1-346-248-7799; Meeting ID: 845 2540 …

July 1, 2020 - Celebrating the Fourth of July safely in Juneau

As the community prepares to celebrate the Fourth of July, the City and Borough of Juneau has these guidelines for personal fireworks use and recommendations for social gatherings: Personal use fireworks CBJ requests that citizens desiring to use fireworks do so in a manner that is considerate of others. Fireworks can create loud, sometimes startling noise, which can have an …

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June 30, 2020 - Of Alaska’s 36 new resident COVID-19 cases, Juneau has one

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reports one new resident case of COVID-19 in Juneau. How the individual contracted the virus is under investigation. Juneau’s one new case is part of 36 new resident cases statewide, the highest one-day increase Alaska has seen. The state now has 940 cumulative cases, 400 of which are active. Although Juneau has …

June 30, 2020 - Juneau’s Fourth of July fireworks show is not happening

Contrary to information the City and Borough of Juneau released last week, the annual Gastineau Channel Fourth of July fireworks show is not taking place this year. CBJ sincerely apologizes for any confusion caused. The Juneau Assembly last night voted against the emergency ordinance that authorized the Fourth of July fireworks show and mandated the use of face coverings during …

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June 29, 2020 - Several public hearing items at tonight’s Assembly meeting, including mask-wearing requirement at fireworks show

The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly meets tonight for a Regular Assembly Meeting at 7 p.m. Several items are up for public hearing, including the emergency ordinance mandating the use of face coverings during the Fourth of July fireworks show. Follow the meeting on Zoom https://juneau.zoom.us/j/93713252168, or by calling 1-346-248-7799 with webinar ID 937 1325 2168, or on Facebook …

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June 28, 2020 - Of 29 new resident cases in Alaska, one’s in Juneau

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reports one new resident case of COVID-19 in Juneau. How the individual contracted the virus is under investigation. Cumulatively, 44 residents from Juneau have tested positive for COVID-19 since March. Of those, three cases are active, 39 individuals have recovered, and two are deceased. Juneau has had a total of four nonresidents …

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June 27, 2020 - New cases in Juneau: 1 resident, 1 nonresident

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reports one new resident case of COVID-19 in Juneau. How the individual contracted the virus is under investigation. Juneau also has a new nonresident case, an individual from the mining industry, according to state data. Cumulatively, 43 residents from Juneau have tested positive for COVID-19 since March. Of those, two cases are …

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June 26, 2020 - State reports three new COVID-19 cases in Juneau, including two deaths that occurred outside of Alaska

Two Juneau residents have died from COVID-19, according to the State of Alaska. The individuals, who have no connection to one another, had been in long-term care facilities in different states outside of Alaska when they died in May. One case was located in Washington while the other was located in New Jersey. Both had tested positive for COVID-19 more …

June 25, 2020 - CBJ has two COVID-19 test sites. Here’s when and how to use each one.

Several healthcare providers in Juneau offer COVID-19 testing services. In addition, the City and Borough of Juneau has two sites – the Capital City Fire/Rescue Drive-Thru Testing Site at the Hagevig Training Center and the Juneau International Airport Test Facility. Here is information to clarify how the public should use each site: Capital City Fire/Rescue Drive-Thru Testing Site The Drive-Thru …

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June 22, 2020 - Economic Stabilization Task Force meets June 26 for Strategic Initiatives Work Session (Amended Notice 6/25/2020)

The Economic Stabilization Task Force will meet on Friday, June 26 at 12 noon for a Strategic Initiatives Work Session. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss economic assistance programs affecting Juneau and create a plan for any current or near-future gaps. The purpose of the Task Force is to review the economic landscape and make recommendations to the Assembly. …

June 24, 2020 - Juneau’s Fourth of July fireworks show will require social distancing and masks

The annual Gastineau Channel Fourth of July fireworks show will take place this year. The event, which receives funding from the City and Borough of Juneau, will require spectators to wear a face covering and maintain at least 6 feet from non-household members. More details on safety protocols for the event are forthcoming. The Juneau Assembly made the decision to …

June 23, 2020 - What is contact tracing and how does it work in Alaska?

Contact tracing is a time-tested public health tool that effectively prevents the spread of contagious diseases. For COVID-19, this is how it works: Public health case investigators work with people who’ve tested positive for COVID-19 to identify everyone they may have been in contact with during the timeframe they were contagious. This is considered the two days prior to symptom …

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June 18, 2020 - Juneau has one new case of COVID-19

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reports one new resident case of COVID-19 in Juneau. How the individual contracted the virus is under investigation. Cumulatively, 39 people from Juneau have tested positive for COVID-19 since March. Of those, four cases are active and 35 individuals have recovered. The state Division of Public Health initiated a contact investigation and …

June 18, 2020 - Due to high demand, COVID-19 test results to Juneau have been delayed

People who’ve recently tested for COVID-19 in Juneau at the City and Borough of Juneau’s drive-thru testing facility or Juneau International Airport may be experiencing delays in getting results back. Due to high demand, the turnaround time for test results in Alaska and at some commercial labs is currently taking longer than usual. Depending on available resources, some test results …

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June 17, 2020 - State reports a new COVID-19 case in Juneau

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reports one new resident case of COVID-19 in Juneau. How the individual contracted the virus is under investigation. Cumulatively, 38 people from Juneau have tested positive for COVID-19 since March. Of those, three cases are active and 35 individuals have recovered. Juneau’s case is part of 20 new ones reported today statewide. …

June 16, 2020 - COVID-19 update in Juneau: State says case reported June 11 is community spread

No new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Juneau today for either residents or nonresidents. But the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) has updated how individuals who’ve recently been reported as having COVID-19 in Juneau acquired the virus, including one by community spread. After a thorough investigation, DHSS has not been able to identify the source …

June 16, 2020 - Recently flown? If you were exposed to COVID-19 during that flight, you will be contacted.

You’ve recently flown back to Juneau. You’ve heard that someone who doesn’t live in Juneau has tested positive for COVID-19. Now you’re wondering if you were exposed on your flight. The short answer is this – if you’ve recently flown and are considered someone who’s been exposed, you will be contacted by a local Public Health Nurse. When someone tests …

June 15, 2020 - Applications open for CBJ’s Business Sustainability Grant Program

Small businesses and nonprofits in Juneau that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can now apply for financial relief through the City and Borough of Juneau’s COVID-19 Business Sustainability Grant Program. Following a recommendation by the Economic Stabilization Task Force, the Juneau Assembly passed an ordinance June 8 appropriating $3.5 million for the first phase of the program, which …

June 15, 2020 - Reminder: Utilities Division to resumes water shutoffs next week except for COVID-19 hardship customers

The City and Borough of Juneau Utilities Division will be resuming water shutoffs and finance charges next week for utility accounts that are delinquent 90 days or more. CBJ has not performed shutoffs since March in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are experiencing financial hardships due to COVID-19, you MUST complete a COVID-19 Hardship Form or call CBJ …

June 12, 2020 - Juneau Airport provides COVID-19 testing for arriving travelers and follow-up vouchers

 To adhere to the revised State of Alaska Health Mandate 10 on travel, Capital City Fire/Rescue has set up COVID-19 testing at Juneau International Airport for arriving passengers and for follow-up voucher testing 7-14 days after arrival. The state’s revised mandate states that visitors arriving to Alaska from out of state are required to self-quarantine unless they agree to COVID-19 …

June 12, 2020 - Help create and improve trails & parks in Juneau. Apply today.

The City and Borough of Juneau Parks & Recreation Department and Eaglecrest Ski Area are recruiting for Park Maintenance Workers and Trail Crew members to help develop and maintain the parks and trails in Juneau. These employees will be part of the new COVID-19 Conservation Corps, a program which focuses on workforce development and job training for people furloughed, unemployed, or …

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June 11, 2020 - State reports two new cases of COVID-19 in Juneau

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reports two new cases of COVID-19 in Juneau. How the two individuals contracted the virus is under investigation. Cumulatively, 37 people from Juneau have tested positive for COVID-19 since March – four of those cases are active, 33 individuals have recovered. The nonresident, traveler COVID-19 case reported yesterday is not included in …

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June 10, 2020 - Traveler through Juneau Airport tests positive for COVID-19

A traveler who went through the testing station at the Juneau International Airport on June 6 has tested positive for COVID-19. The traveler is not a resident of Alaska and came to Juneau as a visitor. The individual is part of the State of Alaska’s nonresident case count today. Cumulatively, the state has 51 nonresident cases; this is Juneau’s first. …

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June 10, 2020 - Juneau Assembly passes budget that maintains flat property tax rate

After weeks of budget work by the Assembly Finance Committee, the Juneau Assembly passed the Fiscal Year 2021 budget at Monday night’s Regular Assembly Meeting. The $385.7 million budget includes cuts to CBJ positions and the Capital Improvement Plan, and does not increase the property tax rate from last year. At the beginning of the budget process, the Finance Committee …

June 10, 2020 - COVID-19 Housing Resources

If you’re struggling to make your rent or mortgage because of COVID-19, both the City and Borough of Juneau and the State of Alaska have programs that might be able to assist you: • CBJ COVID-19 Short-Term Rental Assistance Program (April – June 30, 2020) The City and Borough of Juneau has created a COVID-19 Short-Term Rental Assistance Program. This …

June 9, 2020 - Thank you, Juneau

Though the pandemic isn’t over, the community has come together in so many inspiring ways to combat the spread of COVID-19. Thank you, Juneau. Let’s keep it up – wash your hands, social distance, wear a face covering, and get tested early.

June 8, 2020 - After testing positive & recovering from COVID-19, Juneau Mayor emphasizes importance of testing

Early on during her 14-day quarantine after having traveled to the Lower 48, Juneau Mayor Beth Weldon started to feel sick. She took a test for COVID-19 on May 26, and received a positive result on May 27. The case was part of the State of Alaska COVID-19 case count on May 28, which the City and Borough of Juneau …

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June 8, 2020 - Assembly to approve budget, discuss COVID-19 business grants & hear JPD update at 7 p.m.

The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly has a Regular Meeting tonight at 7 p.m. Agenda items include an update from Juneau Police Chief Ed Mercer, an ordinance on a COVID-19 Business Sustainability Grant Program, and approving the Fiscal Year 2021 CBJ budget. The public can listen to the audio or watch the meeting in a few different ways: connect …

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June 8, 2020 - Juneau has another new case of COVID-19

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reports another new case of COVID-19 in Juneau. How the individual contracted the virus is under investigation. Cumulatively, 35 people from Juneau have tested positive for COVID-19 since March – three of those cases are active, 32 individuals have recovered. The state Division of Public Health has initiated a contact investigation and …

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June 7, 2020 - State reports one new COVID-19 case in Juneau

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reports one new case of COVID-19 in Juneau. How the individual contracted the virus is under investigation. Cumulatively, 34 people from Juneau have tested positive for COVID-19 since March – two of those cases are active, 32 individuals have recovered. Juneau’s one case is part of eight new ones reported today statewide. …

June 5, 2020 - Capital Transit increases passenger capacity starting Monday, June 8

The City and Borough of Juneau will be increasing passenger capacity limits on Capital Transit buses and CAPITAL AKcess vans starting Monday, June 8. The maximum capacity on Capital Transit buses will be 14 riders; the maximum capacity on CAPITAL AKcess vans will be 3 riders. Capital Transit reminds riders of these other protocols: Wearing a face covering on Capital …

June 5, 2020 - Dimond Park Aquatic Center opening June 15 on a reservation system

The City and Borough of Juneau Parks & Recreation Department is opening the Dimond Park Aquatic Center June 15 under a modified operation plan, which requires patrons to make a reservation for pool time. The public can start reserving pool time this Monday, June 8 at 8 a.m. here. An individual can reserve up to five 90-minute swim sessions per …

June 4, 2020 - Revised state travel mandate extends 14-day quarantine with exceptions

The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly is not implementing a local requirement for travelers to quarantine for 14 days. At last night’s Special Meeting, the Assembly decided to follow the State of Alaska’s lead. The State of Alaska’s revised Health Mandate 10 on international and interstate travel extends the 14-day quarantine requirement for all travelers arriving in Alaska unless …

June 3, 2020 - Help with CBJ’s COVID-19 response: Apply for a public outreach temp position

The City and Borough of Juneau is recruiting for multiple temporary workers to assist with public outreach and screening for COVID-19 at the Juneau Airport. These emergency positions have been created specifically to assist CBJ in responding to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Pay is $19.72-$22.47 per hour depending on experience. All hires will receive training on job duties …

June 2, 2020 - Special Assembly Meeting Wednesday, June 3 at 6 p.m. regarding COVID-19 including discussion of travel quarantine

A Special Assembly Meeting focusing on COVID-19 issues will be held on Wednesday, June 3 at 6 p.m. The Assembly will have an opportunity to speak with Alaska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink and Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Adam Crum. The Assembly will also take up consideration of Emergency Ordinance 2020-27, An Emergency Ordinance Ordering People …

June 2, 2020 - Applications now open for state grant program aiming to help Alaskan small businesses, nonprofits

Small Alaskan businesses as well as nonprofit organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can get relief through the State of Alaska AK CARES Grant Program, which launched on June 1. The application is available on Credit Union 1’s website. The grant program is for small Alaskan entities with 50 or fewer full-time employees that did not qualify or were otherwise unable …

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June 1, 2020 - With state’s travel quarantine mandate changing this week, Juneau Assembly to start discussing locally extending 14-day requirement tonight

The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly will hold two public hearings at tonight’s 6 p.m. Special Meeting. One is on an emergency ordinance requiring people to quarantine when travelling into Juneau from another state or country. This ordinance would require all people arriving in Juneau from out of state, whether resident, worker, or visitor, to self-quarantine for 14 days and …

June 1, 2020 - City Museum reopens June 5 with a new exhibit and modified hours

The Juneau-Douglas City Museum will reopen Friday, June 5, with modified days of operation and a new exhibit. Starting June 5, the City Museum will be open Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each week (with the exception of this Friday when the museum will be open until 7 p.m. for an exhibit opening). The museum is …

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June 1, 2020 - Bartlett Regional Hospital updates Emergency Department visitor policy

Effective Monday, June 1 at 6:00 a.m., Bartlett Regional Hospital’s Emergency Department will join the rest of the Bartlett campus in allowing non-isolation patients one visitor. No visitors had been allowed in the Emergency Department since a No Visitor policy was instituted on April 8, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Other hospital departments began allowing one visitor per …

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May 29, 2020 - CBJ requires public to wear face coverings in libraries & public buses

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Juneau, the public is now required to wear cloth face coverings on Capital Transit buses, CAPITAL AKcess vans, and all three branches of the Juneau Public Libraries. This safety measure adheres to an emergency ordinance passed last night by the Juneau Assembly. Updates on additional CBJ facilities that will require the public to …

May 29, 2020 - AK CARES Grant Program for small businesses launches June 1

Small Alaskan businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can get relief through the AK CARES Grant Program, which launches on June 1. The AK CARES Program will be operated on an equal access/first-come, first-served basis. The application will be available on Credit Union 1’s website on the program launch date. Small businesses based, licensed, and located in Alaska with an …

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May 29, 2020 - Juneau has another new COVID-19 case  

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reports another new case of COVID-19 in Juneau. The case reported today and the one yesterday appear to be related to travel outside of Alaska, according to Juneau Public Health Nursing. Cumulatively, 33 people from Juneau have tested positive for COVID-19 since March; four cases are active and 29 of these individuals …

May 29, 2020 - Utility Division resumes water shutoffs & finance charges except for COVID-19 hardship customers

The City and Borough of Juneau has extended the deferral of utility bills and waiver of finance charges and shutoffs for customers who are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. If you are unable to pay your bill in full due to COVID-19, you must complete a COVID-19 Financial Hardship and Deferred Payment Agreement with the CBJ Collections Office to …