Juneau Visitor Center downtown. (Photo by Heather Bryant / KTOO)
The two most recent COVID-19 cases identified in Juneau appear to be related to travel outside the region. That happened when city officials considered the need for a local travel quarantine mandate.
According to the Juneau Public Health Nursing, initial investigations into the cases announced on Thursday and Friday showed that the two were related to travel.
Juneau has had 33 confirmed cases of the disease so far. The majority have been traced to secondary transmission from infected people. The only travel-related case identified in the capital was the first case identified in March.
The country saw a surge in cases this week with 13 new cases announced on Thursday, marking the highest daily increase in more than a month.
At a special meeting Thursday night, the Juneau Assembly discussed whether they wanted to implement their own 14-day quarantine for travelers coming from abroad, similar to the local mandate approved in March before quarantine travel throughout the state of Governor Governor Mike Dunleavy was replaced.
The state mandate will end June 2, although the Governor is expected to make an announcement about the extension or revision of the mandate before that.
The Assembly directed City Attorney Rob Palmer to draft a law related to 14-day local quarantine for review when meeting next Monday.
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