The City and Borough of Juneau is asking business owners to wait a little longer for local leaders to discuss the pros and cons.
The statewide union that represents correctional officers is still waiting for more information from the Department of Corrections after asking for help finding temporary housing for officers.
The emergency appropriation sets aside money from Juneau’s affordable housing fund for residents who have been laid off or are unable to work due to COVID-19.
Despite an outbreak of COVID-19 among staff at Juneau’s correctional facility, Gov. Mike Dunleavy and the head of the Department of Corrections say early release of prisoners is not an option.
The city extended the cold weather shelter’s contract for three more months this week and plans to open its new campground Tuesday.
The Alaska Department of Corrections says it’s following federal and state health guidelines to test staff and inmates who may have had contact with the infected individuals at Lemon Creek Correctional Center.
The Glory Hall’s director said she hopes serving meals outside is a temporary solution to keeping people safe. She has reached out to the city to ask for a larger indoor space.
According to the Alaska Department of Corrections, there are currently no known cases of COVID-19 among inmates at the facility.
Patients in recovery come from throughout Southeast Alaska and all over the state, making travel a concern as COVID-19 health restrictions tightened in March.
In this newscast: Alaska’s chief medical officer says loosening COVID-19 restrictions will depend on testing, the inpatient substance abuse recovery program at Juneau’s hospital is suspended due to the pandemic, questions remain over the whether local municipalities can enhance or override state health mandates and cruise companies continue to sell trips to Alaska in July despite uncertainty that the season will happen.