Alaska health experts applaud Juneau COVID mitiagtion

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Alaska's top health experts spoke Thursday about the efforts the community of Juneau has put towards fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Dr. Anne Zink, Chief Medical Officer for the State of Alaska, said that what has been remarkable about Juneau is how few kids in the 12 to 18 are testing positive for school

    "Talking to that school district, it just sounds like school is just going on like school, and kids are having a blast and they're playing sports, and they're doing all sorts of fun things and just not even testing positive for COVID-19 because so many of them are vaccinated," she said. "So it's been pretty cool to see how much their school year is going off without a hitch, secondary to kind of their mitigation efforts."

    Southeast Alaska Regional Nurse Manager with Public Health Nursing,  Sarah Hargrave, spoke to the mitigation measure she's seen Juneauites use, and the way it has impacted the community.

    "Living in Juneau, I think there's a compounding effect that we've seen in Juneau where we've got a good vaccination rate," Hargrave said. "We've also got citywide mask mandates, and people follow it, you just don't see people out in the stores without masks. People are pretty good about social distancing, bars and restaurants are at lower capacity based on city ordinances, so when Dr. Zink is talking about those layers of protection and being in that storm of COVID, I think overall Juneau's added a lot of protective layers and that really helps."

    Health experts commenting during the Media echo Hosted by the University of Alaska Anchorage on Thurday afternoon.

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