Interior Alaska Unified Command encourages people to wear masks

Published: Aug. 6, 2020 at 6:46 PM AKDT
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The Interior Alaska Unified Command held their press conference on August 6 for the first time since June 19 bringing an update on the Fairbanks North Star Borough’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Majority of the meeting had the panelists imploring the importance of wearing masks.

Those on the panel were Incident Commanders Clint Brooks and Kyle Wright, FNSB Chief of Staff Jim Williams, City of Fairbanks Chief of Staff Mike Meeks, registered nurse Elizabeth Burton and Tanana Chief Conference’s Dr. George Bird.

“Education and personal responsibility are yielding positive results,” said Meeks. “I say again, on behalf of the mayor [Matherly], please wear a mask when you’re in public.”

City of Fairbanks Chief of Staff Mike Meeks
City of Fairbanks Chief of Staff Mike Meeks(Aaron Walling/KTVF/August 6, 2020)

“On March 29, we made the decision to go ahead and mask all of our employees,” said Foundation Health Partners’ Clint Brooks. “We have not had one employee to employee transmission or one employee to resident transmission the whole time. So I believe that this is proof that masking works.”

Foundation Health Partners Clint Brooks
Foundation Health Partners Clint Brooks(Aaron Walling/KTVF/August 6, 2020)

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