CBJ spends CARES funding

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Measures to spend over $12 million in federal funding for various costs incurred during the pandemic were introduced by the assembly Monday.

    The measures include $8.35 million to pay for the costs of COVID-19 screening measures at the Juneau International Airport.

    This funding comes from both the federal government and the Alaska Department of Health & Social Services.

    Another ordinance introduced will spend $1.016 million for COVID-19 costs at Juneau Schools.  The costs include contact tracing costs and childcare costs.

    A third ordinance would appropriate $949,000 to the school district for contact tracing costs.

    A fourth ordinance would appropriate $1.65 million for the school system to pay for technology, supplies, additional staff time and support, transportation and food service.

    Another ordinance would spend $383,775 to Travel Juneau for the Juneau Cares Campaign.  This would support a community messaging campaign that would demonstrate the visitor industry's commitment to the health of Juneau as a tourist destination.

    Travel Juneau said building traveler confidence that they will be healthy and safe while traveling are vital to bringing tourists back in 2021.

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