CBJ to end Hagevig Fire Training Center COVID operation

Juneau, Alaska (KINY) – Saturday, April 30 will be the last day the City and Borough of Juneau operate the COVID-19 hotline and drive-thru testing facility at the Hagevig Fire Training Center.

After that, Bartlett Regional Hospital will take over operations for both, with BRH taking over the hotline on Monday May 2 and drive-through testing for the general public available on the BRH campus from May 8.

The Juneau community can expect other aspects surrounding the COVID-19 testing process to remain the same: the hotline number will still be 907-586-6000; to schedule a test, register online or call the hotline; and tests will continue to be analyzed at Bartlett with results available within 24 hours.

CBJ established the Emergency Operations Center in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and set up the drive-thru testing site and hotline. Although transmission of COVID-19 continues to occur in Juneau, hospitalization rates are low, vaccines are widely available, and treatments are available.

With COVID-19 no longer an emergent situation, CBJ is ending its emergency operations center framework. Besides drive-through testing and the hotline’s transition to Bartlett, the public can expect to see other changes after April 30; CBJ will no longer implement COVID-19 risk measures and mitigation strategies, although the community may continue to contact CBJ for best practices; CBJ will no longer maintain its COVID-19 dashboard. Instead, the community can get data from the Alaska Department of Health and Human Services through its Case Dashboard (which is updated every Wednesday) and weekly COVID-19 updates. (subscribe here). The community can also track Juneau’s COVID-19 Community Level through this Centers for Disease Control and Prevention resource, and CBJ will no longer be posting updates from the Emergency Operations Center.

CBJ will continue to maintain the juneau.org/vaccine webpage, which is an easy way to book an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine at Juneau Public Health Center and other local providers. CBJ is currently distributing free in-home COVID-19 antigen tests and KN95 masks from the cashier at City Hall, all Juneau public libraries, the Juneau Public Health Center and the Juneau Police Department – and will continue as long as supplies are available.

For more information, contact Emergency Operations Center Planning Section Chief Denise Koch at [email protected] or 907-586-0800 ext. 4182.

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