COVID 19 update provided by EOC

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Emergency Operations Center continues efforts to protect Juneau from COVID-19 impacts.

    Incident Commander Mila Cosgrove said 14 people have tested positive for the virus in Juneau.  Seven of these cases are considered symptom free and recovered.  213 people have been tested for the virus at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau.

    The hospital is waiting for the test results for 32 cases.  There are 16 people under investigation for the illness.

    The Assembly agreed to send to the committee of the whole on April 13 an emergency appropriation resolution to spend $200,000 for the rental assistance program.  The money will come from the Affordable Housing Fund.

    The demand for existing rental assistance programs has increased due to COVID-19.

    The funds would support the rental assistance currently offered by the nonprofit Alaska Housing Development Corporation.

    The vote to refer to the committee was (5-4).  Supporters advocated more study to make sure the money is spent wisely.  Others on the assembly argued it is an emergency and the 83 families that could be assisted need the money as soon as possible.

    Assembly Municipal Attorney Robert Palmer said the statewide hunker down order remains in place and trumps the city shelter in place order that expires April 7th.  The state hunker down order has an indefinite date at this time.

    CBJ Manager Rorie Watt said it would be his intention to call the assembly together to take action if the state relinquishes the social distancing requirements in the current mandates.

    He could use his emergency powers to extend the social distancing mandate until the assembly meets.

    The EOC continues to check regularly with barge lines and grocery stores to ensure that supply lines remain open.  They urged the public to resume normal shopping practices.  That will help them place normal orders and helps their wholesales meet those orders.  There are no reported supply chain problems.

    Alicia Hughes Skandijs urged residents to shop only once per week for the time being.


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