Bartlett Regional Hospital is open with COVID-19 screening and optional masking.
MASKING: Masks are now optional for visitors, patients, and staff in most areas of the hospital. Masking remains required for patients who are symptomatic or have a confirmed COVID-19 or other respiratory infection. Visitors will continue to be screened for symptoms and exposure at the main entrance. Staff will continue to wear a mask when providing direct patient care. Direct patient care is defined as face-to-face contact with patients for the purpose of registration, diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring.
EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT: The ED entrance has reopened 24/7 on the backside of campus, lower level of the main building. The COVID-19 screening cabin has been discontinued. Patients arriving for ED or Diagnostic Imaging services are welcome to enter through this entrance. All visitors are asked to enter through the main hospital entrance.
VISITOR POLICY: Each in-patient will be allowed TWO designated visitors age 16 or older during the course of their stay. Visitors are expected to be a spouse or a family member or caregiver that resides with the patient in their home. Patients on isolation will be considered by unit and risk to visitors vs. needs of patient. COVID-19 patients will not have visitors during their infectious period. For detailed visitor information and exceptions, please see BRH Visitor Directive, effective Jan 20th, 2022.
The COVID-19 PCR drive-thru testing site and hotline are closed effective November 15, 2022. Read the full news release for more information.
PCR testing continues to be available to the public through SEARHC and Juneau Urgent Care. Antigen test kits are available at no cost at locations around Juneau as well as commercially. If you have a procedure at Bartlett Same Day Surgery and your provider has determined COVID-19 PCR pre-procedural testing is required, you will be contacted to schedule the collection. For more COVID-19 questions, please consult your provider or the State COVID-19 Helpline at (907) 646-3322.
The COVID-19 vaccine is recommended for everyone ages 6 months and older. The COVID-19 booster is recommended for everyone ages 5 and older.
To learn where to get a vaccine, visit CBJ's COVID-19 vaccine information page.
The City and Borough of Juneau is currently distributing free rapid antigen self-tests to the general public.
To learn more, visit CBJ's COVID-19 self-tests page.
The virus spreads mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. Please consult with your health care provider about additional steps you may be able to take to protect yourself.
- Close contact with someone who has COVID-19 — such as when a family member or health care worker takes care of an infected person
- Recent travel from or residence in an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19 as determined by CDC or the World Health Organization (WHO)
- If you have traveled to a country on the CDC list of level 2 or 3 travel health notices and feel ill, call your health care provider first and before coming to the BRH emergency department.
- Avoid coming to the emergency department, unless you have a health emergency and/or you have been advised by your health care provider to do so. This helps prevent the risk of spreading COVID-19 infection.
Protect yourself and your community from COVID-19 infection the same ways you protect against the common cold or seasonal flu.
- Sanitize your hands often for at least 20 seconds each time. Alcohol gel works well in most situations (like after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose), but handwashing with soap and water should be performed after going to the bathroom, before eating, or when your hands are visibly soiled.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash (putting a tissue on a table contaminates the surface of the table with germs).
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Routinely disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, using a cleaning spray or wipe.
- Avoid travel to high-risk countries or through any of the countries for which the CDC has issued a level 2 or 3 travel health notice.
- Take extra precautions to reduce the likelihood of exposure, if you are at a higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19.
The State of Alaska has no special entry or travel testing requirements. Information for travelers, as well as links to community-specific travel restrictions, and information about arriving via the Alaska Ferry or road is available on the State of Alaska's COVID-19 Safe Travels page.