In this Juneau Empire file photo, a special quarantine tent set up outside Bartlett Regional Hospital’s emergency room on March 30. State officials announced another case of COVID-19 Friday, just as the state began a major phase of the governor’s reopening plan. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

In this Juneau Empire file photo, a special quarantine tent set up outside Bartlett Regional Hospital’s emergency room on March 30. State officials announced another case of COVID-19 Friday, just as the state began a major phase of the governor’s reopening plan. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

State announces additional COVID case in Juneau

Where and how the case was contracted is still under investigation

The City and Borough of Juneau announced another person has tested positive for Covid-19 in the city, which brings the total case count to 31.

“Another person in Juneau has tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services,” stated a city news release, which was shared Friday. “How the individual contracted the virus is under investigation.”

The release did not give any additional information about the person or where officials believe they may have contracted the disease. All of Juneau’s most recent cases have been staff members at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center, but a news release from the city did not mention the prison.

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The announcement comes the same day most businesses and houses of worship in the state were allowed to reopen to 100% capacity under Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s “Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan.”

City officials encourage people to remain vigilant about social distance and good hygiene practices as businesses begin to open. Those include:

• Staying six feet or more away from non-family members.

• Covering your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.

• Washing your hands frequently and wipe down surfaces frequently.

• Staying home if you are sick and get tested for COVID-19 if you have even mild symptoms.”

Businesses should assist people with personal mitigation strategies, the release said, including providing hand washing stations, opportunities for six-foot distancing and encouraging face coverings.

Call Juneau’s COVID-19 Screening Hotline at 586-6000, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. See the list of COVID-19 symptoms here.

• Contact reporter Peter Segall at psegall@juneauempire.com. Follow him on Twitter at @SegallJnoEmpire.

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