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City announces 8 new COVID-19 cases

Total includes two at Lemon Creek Correctional Center

City and Borough of Juneau reported on Thursday its largest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases in over a week.

The city’s emergency operations center announced eight new cases. Two of the cases were reported on Wednesday and six were reported on Thursday, the city said in a news release. The last time the city reported more than five new cases for a single day was Sept. 25 when seven new cases were reported.

Public Health attributes one of the cases reported on Wednesday to close contact with a known case. All other cases are under investigation, according to the city. Two of the people who tested positive for COVID-19 are at Lemon Creek Correctional Center, according to the city. All known active cases are isolating.

So far, at least six people recently diagnosed with COVID-19 are among Juneau’s vulnerable populations, according to the city. The emergency operations center is conducting regular testing of people in vulnerable populations at various emergency housing facilities.

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Cumulatively, 317 Juneau residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since March, according to the city, and 101 nonresidents have tested positive.

Combined, there are 30 active cases in Juneau and 386 people have recovered, according to the city.

Statewide, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reports 129 new people with COVID-19 — 123 are residents and six are nonresidents. The state reported a new death today, bringing the total number of deaths to 60.

The person who died was an Anchorage woman in her 70s, according to the state.

Alaska has had 9,005 cumulative resident cases of COVID-19 and a total of 991 nonresidents, according to state data.

• Contact Ben Hohenstatt at (907)308-4895 or bhohenstatt@juneauempire.com. Follow him on Twitter at @BenHohenstatt.

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