This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. (NIAID-RML via AP)

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. (NIAID-RML via AP)

CBJ clarifies testing recommendation

City will set up temporary testing facility

The City and Borough of Juneau issued clarifications Wednesday evening regarding previous recommendations that bar patrons in Juneau seek testing due to an outbreak of COVID-19 among bar workers.

[City recommends bar patrons get tested for the coronavirus]

In a news release, the city said because multiple cases being linked to a social gathering that included employees at Juneau bars, CBJ and Public Health have recommended that anyone who socialized at a Juneau bar between a certain date range get tested for COVID-19 regardless of whether they have symptoms. CBJ provided this list of recommendations and clarifying information:

• The date range is a moving target as days pass. If you’re not experiencing symptoms and it has been 14 days since you socialized at a bar, you don’t need to get tested. That means, as of today (September 9), if you have no symptoms and you last socialized at a bar before August 27, you don’t need to get tested.

• If it has been 10-14 days since you visited a bar and you have no symptoms and you can practice strict social distancing until day 14, you don’t need to get tested.

• By “socialized,” CBJ means you were in close proximity to other people not in your household, weren’t always wearing a mask, others near you weren’t always wearing a mask, and you were in that environment for an extended period of time (more than 15 minutes).

CBJ recommends that, if, after reading through these clarifications, you fit the set of people recommended for testing, that you get tested for COVID-19. For this testing effort, a temporary testing facility will be available outside of Centennial Hall this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (September 11-13) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“No appointment is necessary; just show up. Due to high demand so far, people should be prepared to wait,” CBJ said in the release.

If you have symptoms, you should get tested and isolate until you’ve received your results. If you’re not experiencing symptoms, you can continue to carry on as normal while practicing COVID-19 precautions (like social distancing, mask wearing, and good hygiene) before and after testing (unless you receive a positive test result), the city said.

Outside of this testing effort, if you have symptoms of COVID-19, even mild ones, at any time, call your primary healthcare provider or call the COVID-19 Screening Hotline at 586-6000, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

Testing will be arranged if appropriate, according to CBJ.

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