State shares information about source of Juneau’s coronavirus cases

State shares information about source of Juneau’s coronavirus cases

Community spread for two of them.

  • Tuesday, June 16, 2020 4:41pm
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Alaska Department of Health and Social Services provided an update Tuesday regarding the sources of Juneau’s COVID-19 cases.

DHSS was unable to identify the source of the coronavirus in two cases reported June 11, which indicates community spread, according to City and Borough of Juneau. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

No new Juneau cases were reported Tuesday by the state, but 12 new cases were reported statewide.

The state is also categorizing two older Juneau cases — one reported May 28 and another reported May 29 — as travel-related, according to the city. CBJ already reported those as being related to out-of-state travel. Mayor Beth Weldon has since self-identified as being the case reported on May 28 and encouraged people, even those exhibiting mild symptoms, to get tested.

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. But some people, usually those with other medical complications, develop more severe symptoms, including pneumonia, that can be fatal.

Two cases, reported on June 7 and June 8, are still under investigation, according to CBJ and DHSS. Juneau has had 37 cumulative resident cases; two are active, 35 have recovered.

Juneau has had three nonresident cases, according to DHSS. There have been 77 statewide.

All of Juneau’s nonresident cases are active cases.

DHSS reported Tuesday 235 active cases statewide.

People who feel sick can call Juneau’s COVID-19 Screening Hotline at 586-6000, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

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