University of Alaska Fairbanks Chancellor gives campus wide COVID update

Published: Oct. 28, 2020 at 6:07 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) -Today the University of Alaska Fairbanks was able to report no new COVID-19 cases. All students and faculty are required to wear masks on campus, unless outdoors in an environment where they can guarantee 6 feet of distance. UAF has experienced a relatively low number of new cases this past week. The 22nd through the 24th of October saw no new cases, constituting the longest stretch of time with no new cases the university has had since September. The 25th and 26th brought one new COVID case each, but the number of new cases has since returned to zero.

UAF Chancellor Dan White provided an update on the current state of the university’s COVID-19 cases.

“One interesting thing about those numbers is that those are numbers for anybody who is a UAF employee or student or contractor. So if you are working on campus as a contractor and you are COVID positive you are counted in our COVID numbers. That includes all eight thousand of our students, whether they’re on campus or not we count those in our dashboard. So they represent kind of a broad swath of people all over Alaska and all over the United States,” said White.

While UAF is currently set to surpass the recent record of 3 days with no new cases, Chancellor White understands the nature of the pandemic could still cause the pendulum to swing the other way.

“As we move into winter we’re moving indoors and want to make sure that especially the students living on campus have opportunities for wellness, for engagement, and athletics fits with that. How do we move forward with athletics in the COVID environment that were in? I had to couch that because the COVID environment keeps changing. You know Dr. Zink was, earlier this week saying, we really encourage people to just stay home at this point with the rising cases across the state," said White.

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