People experiencing homelessness are exempt under Juneau’s hunker-down order. For many of them, the threat of a pandemic is just not as high of a priority as staying warm or getting their next meal.
A hospital spokesperson says the patient is currently in critical care at Bartlett Regional Hospital
The resolution includes a number of exemptions for critical businesses related to health care, construction, shipping and home repair.
The Juneau International Airport sees multiple daily flights to and from Seattle — one of the epicenters of coronavirus spread in the United States.
The cold weather shelter will continue to operate under the same hours for now — 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. — whenever the temperature is below freezing.
The health mandate begins at 5 p.m. Wednesday and instructs all bars, breweries, restaurants and other eating establishments to close dining areas and tasting rooms, and encourages them to instead offer delivery service or to-go orders. The mandate is in effect through at least April 1.
Local service providers are looking for ways to continue helping Juneau’s most vulnerable population while also keeping them safe amid the spread of coronavirus.
The Holland America Line cruise ship was slated to tie up at a private dock in downtown Juneau for two to three weeks before the start of the summer tourism season. Now it will go to Puerto Vallarta instead.
The facilities will be closed until March 30, though that could be extended. City Hall remains open at this time.
All visitors to the front entrance of the hospital and the emergency department will have to pass through a yellow triage tent to answer a set of screening questions.