Juneau sees spike in COVID cases, averaging 100 cases a day

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Juneau has seen a rise in COVID cases, with 511 new cases since January 14th.

     That data came in Wednesday.

     Juneau Deputy City Manager Robert Barr was on the KINY morning show and spoke to the rise.

    "We're looking at about 100 new cases a day right now, we are still on the upswing of our Omicron wave," he said. "We certainly hope that we will peak and start to decline soon, some areas in the US and Europe, which started their Omicron wave before we did, have started to see a plateau and a decline. So it would be reasonable for us to expect the same thing and then another week or so."

     He says though that their messaging hasn't changed.

    "Our main thing that we want to communicate right now is that, it's important that not that a bunch of us not get it all at the same time, because we need to maintain not only hospital capacity, but capacity elsewhere, in all the all the various sectors that we rely on to live our lives. Whether that's public transportation, or grocery stores, or teachers or bus drivers, we need to kind of slow so that spread, that message hasn't really changed."

    There are currently five hospitalized at Bartlett regional. 

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