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Juneau reports two inmates at Lemon Creek among 9 new COVID-19 cases

Lemon Creek Correctional Center. (Photo courtesy Alaska Department of Corrections.
Lemon Creek Correctional Center. (Photo courtesy Alaska Department of Corrections)

Two inmates at the Lemon Creek Correctional Facility in Juneau tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. 

According to the city, both had recently been admitted to the facility and were in quarantine, so they didn’t have contact with other inmates. 

An Alaska Department of Corrections spokesperson didn’t immediately return an email seeking more information about how many inmates and staff statewide have tested positive for the disease. 

Those two cases were among 9 new cases of COVID-19 reported by the City and Borough of Juneau between Thursday and Friday. 

One is linked to a late August gathering that involved many people who work in bars around town — so far 37 people have been tested positive for the virus stemming from that gathering.

The city has seen 364 residents test positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic started. The vast majority, 320, have recovered.  Currently, 43 Juneau residents are sick with the disease. 

The city raised its alert level to “high” because there has been a spike in the number of active cases.

Correction: A previous version of this story mistakenly listed the city’s alert level as its highest, it is not. The city has four alert levels: minimal, moderate, high and very high. 

Rashah McChesney

Daily News Editor

I help the newsroom establish daily news priorities and do hands-on editing to ensure a steady stream of breaking and enterprise news for a local and regional audience.

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