Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reports today one new resident case of COVID-19 in Juneau.
The new resident case is an employee at Bartlett Regional Hospital.
How the person contracted the virus is under investigation. The resident case is part of 55 new cases statewide – 51 Alaska residents and 4 nonresidents.
The employee is not currently in the workplace and will only return to work after DHSS determines there is no further risk of transmission.
All BRH employees were notified Thursday.
Due to safety protocols already in place at the hospital, potential COVID-19 exposure is not widespread among BRH employees, and no patients were identified as close contacts. BRH is taking all appropriate precautions to protect the health and wellbeing of patients and employees.
Cumulatively, Juneau has had 47 cases of COVID-19 in residents, two of which are active. There have been a total of six nonresident cases; one is active.
Within Juneau, Public Health Nurses are keeping track of 57 close contacts – individuals who have been within six feet of a confirmed case for at least 10-15 minutes and are now quarantining.