This temporary shelter was set up earlier this year outside Bartlett Regional Hospital for the staff screening people entering the hospital. (Michael Lockett / Juneau Empire File)

This temporary shelter was set up earlier this year outside Bartlett Regional Hospital for the staff screening people entering the hospital. (Michael Lockett / Juneau Empire File)

Bartlett Regional Hospital reports first coronavirus death

A Juneau woman in her 60s died early Tuesday morning.

This article has been updated to reflect new information from the city.

Bartlett Regional Hospital reported its first in-hospital death related to the coronavirus on Tuesday.

The patient, a Juneau woman in her 60s, died early Tuesday morning, according to a news release from the hospital.

“Our team is deeply saddened by this passing and send our heartfelt condolences to the family,” said hospital incident commander and quality director Gail Moorehead in the release.

There are six COVID-19 patients at the hospital, according to Bartlett Regional Hospital. So far, the hospital has discharged 23 COVID-19 patients. Juneau has had 348 residents and 101 nonresidents test positive for COVID-19 since March, according to city data.

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City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center reported nine new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. Public Health attributes all new cases to community spread. All nine are members of Juneau’s housing-insecure population, according to the city.

There are 45 active cases in the city and 401 people have recovered from the illness. All people known to have active cases of COVID-19 are isolating, according to the city.

Common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, breathing trouble, sore throat, muscle pain and loss of taste or smell. Most people develop only mild symptoms. Some people, usually those with other medical complications, develop more severe symptoms, including pneumonia, that can be fatal.

City and Borough of Juneau has reported two other COVID-19-related deaths. One was a man in his 70s living in a long-term care facility out of state who died in May. The other was a woman in her 60s who died in September. A third coronavirus-connected death had been reported, but it was later determined the woman had never been a Juneau resident.

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