Despite the fact that roughly 70% of Juneau residents have submitted to the experimental COVID shot, and area transmission rates are infinitesimally low, the local borough still wants to test and track those who have declined to get the injection.

A June 25 notice from the City and Borough of Juneau claims that while COVID numbers are “tapering down,” there is still “some” virus transmission.

The actual transmission rate is extremely low, now at 1.8 cases per 100,000 residents.

“Where it is still spreading, is among individuals who are unvaccinated,” the borough notice claims. “To keep track of and contain possible spread,” the borough is “encouraging” unvaccinated youth, unvaccinated adults who work with youth and unvaccinated adults who regularly interact with tourists to participate in weekly COVID testing.

Tests are being performed by Bartlett Regional Hospital. Anyone who agrees to the test gives the hospital permission to share their health information with the State of Alaska, the Juneau Borough and “any government agency involved with the prevention of disease spread.”

According to the hospital’s medical disclosure agreement, the test results can be used and shared if the hospital deems it is necessary to “prevent a serious threat to your health and safety or the health and safety of the public or another person.”

There is no information on how the hospital calculates whether a health threat is deemed sufficiently “serious” to merit sharing personal medical information with outside entities.

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Juneau wants to track unvaccinated residents through weekly COVID tests

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 20 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.