CBJ manager rates the local government's response to pandemic

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - How is Juneau doing in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic?

    That question was posed to CBJ Manager Rorie Watt on Action Line.  While he thought that was a super complicated question, he said, " I think we've done a good job of getting a lot of information out; a good job of getting testing going; a good job of standing up temporary shelters, innovated work at the airport.  I don't know of other airports that have done screening.  Bartlett has done all kinds of things to get ready.  So I think we've done a really good job getting ready for the storm.  But this is never-ending and the policy question of where do we go from here, I think is going to be even harder than everything that we've done."

    Watt said that's because they just don't know.   "There's no playbook and there's no what's the right thing to do.  Fundamentally, where we go from here is about balancing public health needs, and we don't exactly know how to figure out what that means, and community and economic needs.  Those are totally different things.  If you look at all of the national guidelines, they're coming out with rational protocol on how to open the economy, but it relies heavily on lots of testing.  But we don't have that testing yet.


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