CBJ clarifies testing recommendation related to bars

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Due to a number of cases being linked to a social gathering that included employees at Juneau bars, the City and Borough of Juneau and Public Health have recommended that anyone who socialized at a Juneau bar between a certain date range gets tested for COVID-19.

    The city suggests testing regardless of whether you have symptoms.

    The date range is a moving target as days pass. If you’re not experiencing symptoms and it has been 14 days since you socialized at a bar, you don’t need to get tested.

    That means, as of Sept. 9, if you have no symptoms and you last socialized at a bar before Aug. 27, you don’t need to get tested.

    If it has been 10-14 days since you visited a bar and you have no symptoms and you can practice strict social distancing until day 14, you don’t need to get tested.

    By “socialized,” CBJ means you were in close proximity to other people not in your household, weren’t always wearing a mask, others near you weren’t always wearing a mask, and you were in that environment for an extended period of time (more than 15 minutes).

    If, after reading through these clarifications, you fit the set of people recommended for testing, get tested for COVID-19.

    For this testing effort, a temporary testing facility will be available outside of Centennial Hall this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Sept 11-13, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    No appointment is necessary; just show up. Due to the high demand so far, people should be prepared to wait.

    As originally noted, if you have symptoms, you should get tested and isolate until you’ve received your results. If you’re not experiencing symptoms, you can continue to carry on as normal while practicing COVID-19 precautions (like social distancing, mask-wearing, and good hygiene) before and after testing (unless you receive a positive test result).

    Outside of this testing effort, if you have symptoms of COVID-19, even mild ones, at any time, call your primary healthcare provider or call the COVID-19 Screening Hotline at 586-6000, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Testing will be arranged if appropriate.


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