A man in his 20s is Juneau’s 17th coronavirus death

A City & Borough of Juneau sign reads "Spread Kindness, Not COVID." Photographed Nov. 26, 2020, at Overstreet Park.
A City & Borough of Juneau sign reads “Spread Kindness, Not COVID.” Photographed Nov. 26, 2020, at Overstreet Park. (Jennifer Pemberton/KTOO)

Another Juneau resident has died of COVID-19. State health officials reported that a Juneau man in his 20s died last week in Anchorage after a medevac. Over the course of the pandemic, Juneau has had 17 deaths — 16 residents and one visitor to the city who later died out of state.

The state reported seven resident deaths on Tuesday. So far, at least  810 Alaskans have died from the virus.

On Tuesday state health officials reported two new Juneau residents tested positive for COVID-19. The school district reported one person at Sitʼ Eeti Shaanáx̱: Glacier Valley School tested positive for COVID-19 and was contagious while in school. Bartlett Regional hospital was treating three people with active COVID-19 infections on Tuesday.

Citing declining case counts and increased hospital capacity, city officials lowered Juneau’s community risk level on Monday from “High” to “Modified High.” Masks are still required indoors in public spaces, but some capacity limits have changed for businesses.

Claire Stremple

Alaska News Reporter, KTOO

I believe every Alaskan has a right to timely information about their health and health systems, and their natural environment and its management. My goal is to report thoughtful stories that inform, inspire and quench the curiosity of listeners across the state.

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