COVID spreading in Juneau

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services says 147 new COVID cases were reported in Juneau between December 22 and December 28.

    The department says the numbers represent a significant increase over recent trends.

    There are about 156 active cases, according to Juneau Public Health.  Public Health says it is reasonable to expect the increase is due in part to holiday travel and the spread of the Omicron variant.

    No one is currently hospitalized in Juneau.

    Juneau City Hall is urging individuals to obtain a vaccine booster dose if they are eligible.  An appointment can be made by calling the CBJ COVID-19 Hotline at 586-6000.

    The wearing of masks in indoor public spaces is strongly recommended.  Masking for those unvaccinated is required.

    People who test positive and are at high risk should consult a physician about whether monoclonal antibody treatment may be appropriate.  The CBJ Emergency Operations Center says the treatment is only effective early in the course of the disease.  Those without a doctor to ask about the treatment can call the Emergency Department at Bartlett Regional Hospital.  The number is 796-8900.

     

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