As more positive cases of COVID-19 continue to appear in Alaska, the City and Borough of Juneau is eyeing the community’s main point of entry: the airport.
The Juneau International Airport sees multiple daily flights to and from Seattle — one of the epicenters of coronavirus spread in the United States. Starting Thursday, passengers arriving at the airport can request to have their temperature checked.
Anyone with a temperature above 100.4 degrees will be advised to contact medical providers and to self-quarantine. Capital City Fire/Rescue Chief Rich Etheridge said EMTs are stationed outside the departure lounge exit. They estimate they’ve screened about 50% to 70% of passengers exiting the airport so far.
The Juneau Assembly voted unanimously Thursday to send a letter to Gov. Mike Dunleavy urging him to officially restrict non-essential travel.