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Dozens of positive COVID-19 cases in Juneau went unreported due to ‘technical issue’

Juneau’s COVID-19 test site is located at the Hagevig Regional Fire Training Center. Pictured on September 19, 2021. (Photo by Jennifer Pemberton / KTOO)

About thirty more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Juneau in the past week than has been reported by the state and city.

In a press release, city officials attributed this to a technical problem with the state getting lab results from Bartlett Regional Hospital. It is not yet clear what the problem is, the city manager’s office has not yet called back with more information.

Bartlett processes lab results from the hospital itself and also from the city’s drive-through testing facility.

On Wednesday, three people with active COVID-19 infections were treated in hospital. The Juneau School District has reported no new cases.

Statewide, 427 people tested positive for COVID-19 and two more died. So far, just over 147,000 Alaska residents and visitors to the state have tested positive for the virus since the pandemic began. That’s about one in five people in the state.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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