Fire department staffed up for expanded COVID testing

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The testing for COVID-19 has kept Capital City Fire Rescue real busy.

    Fire Marshall Dan Jager said on Action Line that they have drastically increased staff to handle the testing at the airport and the Hagevig Fire Training Center.

    Jager shared what he described as rough numbers from last week on the number of tests that the department has administered.  "At the airport alone we've tested over 18,000 passengers and between the airport and the rest of the community we've done over 28,000 tests and that's been from those two locations.  So it's definitely been busy."

     Jager mentioned the press release issued by the City and Borough of Juneau Friday that outlines asymptomatic testing that's now available.  "That's going to have a big impact on our testing, but we're pretty confident we have enough staffing to process everything and keep things flowing for everyone."

    The new testing is being offered for free to individuals who are not experiencing any symptoms.

    The  City Hall release says the testing will end Sunday, December 13, or sooner depending on demand.  People can register online.

    The testing will take place at the Hagevig Fire Training Center on Sherwood Lane.

    Additional information is available by contacting the COVID-19 Screening Hotline number at 586-6000 or at covidtesting@juneau.org.

     

     

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