Watt counsels staying on heightened alert for spread of COVID-19

    CBJ Manager Rorie Watt

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The City and Borough of Juneau like government entities across the nation continue to battle the spread of the coronavirus.

    City Manager Rorie Watt was asked on Action Line how worrisome the situation is to him in Juneau at this point.   "I think we're always on the cusp of bad things.  We keep working through big issues.   We had our unsheltered population.  We had a couple of big clusters that we've worked through, but the numbers keep coming in so they're not going down.  I think the case counts in Juneau were stable.  They're a little higher than we like."

    Watt said he's worried about Anchorage in the Kenai and Mat Su Borough.  "Their numbers are high and their test rates are high.  We're closely connected through a lot of airline traffic with them.

    The city manager said he wouldn't say he's worried but believes residents should be really concerned and on heightened alert.  

    Watt had this warning about the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.  "Big group settings.  Planning a big Thanksgiving.  Wrong thing!"

    Watt believes the town has been good with wearing masks and large gatherings and he wants to see those practices continue.

    A resolution up for action at Monday night's regular Assembly meeting calls for extending the local emergency declaration in response to the pandemic.


    More from News of the North


    • Sitka Sound Science Center

      Sitka Sound Science Center opens the aquarium to school-age youth for independent learning and exploration 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays. To sign up for this free program visit sitkascience.org. For more information email stobey@sitkascience.org.

      at None

      Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association and Alaska Sustainable Fisheries Trust, Cooking for a Cause Fundraiser - December 4th-6th. Join us in Cooking for a Cause with Chef Collette of Ludvigs as your personal (virtual)cooking instructor! All ingredients included to cook a gourmet meal for 2. Ask your favorite someone or get together with your social distancing pod for a fun interactive night. Proceeds from the event will go to the Seafood Donation program run by the Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association (ALFA) and the Alaska Sustainable FisheriesTrust (ASFT). Since March 2020, ALFA and ASFT have provided over 480,000 meals of seafood, free of charge, to Alaskans who are food insecure. Participants can purchase a box with all the ingredients to cook a gourmet two-course dinner with video-led instructions from one of Sitka’s favorite local chefs. Seafood,vegetarian and chicken options are available and each box also comes with dessert for two. Boxes will be available December 4th, however, participants can set their own schedule as the instructions and entertainment are pre-recorded and can be accessed at your convenience. Entertainment from local musicians and singers will be available to watch while you enjoy your dinner and a silent auction with many great items that will be posted as part of the fundraiser. Post photos of your finished plate in our photo contest and the best looking dish can win you a $50 Ludvigs Gift certificate! Silent auction and photo contest winners will be announced on Sunday, Dec​ember 6t​h. Enjo​y a Ludvig’s dinner at home for a great cause!Ticket areon sale now through November 22nd. Visitalaskansown.com/pages/cookingforacause2020 to purchase tickets. For more information contact Lauren at 714-369-4057 or at ​alfa.asft.outreach@gmail.com

      at Zoom
    • The Grind Seeking Performers

      The Sitka Monthly Grind is seeking performers for the December 12th Holiday Grind. If you are interested you will need to record your presentation, and get it to Jeanne Stolberg by December 1st. The show will be produced and shown on Sitka Monthly Grind’s Facebook and Youtube channel starting December 12th. For details or questions contact Jeanne at 738-8083, or Jeff at 747-4821. The Sitka Monthly Grind is under the Greater Sitka Arts Council umbrella, the philosophy remains family oriented, non political, and affordable.

      at None