This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. (NIAID/TNS)

This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. (NIAID/TNS)

City says celebrate safely

Recommended precautions include limiting gathering size.

Residents should celebrate the Labor Day holiday with members of their household or a small social bubble, City and Borough of Juneau said in a news release.

The city advised that gatherings are safest if held outdoors among small groups; masks should be worn and 6 feet of distance maintained around non-household members; and people who are at increased risk for serious illness from COVID-19 or live with people who are should be especially careful.

Most people develop only mild symptoms because of COVID-19, but some people, usually those with other medical complications, can develop more severe symptoms, including pneumonia that can be fatal.

The advice came Friday shortly before the state reported 129 new COVID-19 cases across the state. It was the second day in a row the state reported more than 100 new confirmed cases of the illness.

Of the cases confirmed Thursday and reported by the state on Friday, 121 are residents, according to Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. The cases are spread among five communities —Anchorage, 83 cases; Fairbanks, 17; North Pole, 4; Palmer, 4; Wasilla, 4; Juneau, 3; and one each in Big Lake, Girdwood, Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area, Valdez Cordova Census Area, Soldotna and Utqiaġvik.

Eight nonresident cases were also reported with six in the Aleutians East Borough, one in Anchorage and one in Ketchikan.

Of the resident cases, 68 are male and 53 female. Seven are younger than 10, eight are 10-19, 37 are 20-29, 24 are 30-39, 11 are 40-49, 17 are 50-5, 14 are 60-69 and two are 80 or older, according to state data.

As of 5 p.m. Friday, City and Borough of Juneau reported 18 active resident cases on its COVID-19 Dashboard. Cumulatively, the city reports 188 resident cases and 97 nonresident cases.

Statewide, DHSS reports 5,586 total cases and 3,450 active cases.

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

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