Fairbanks Borough COVID-19 cases still too high for prep sporting events to occur
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Since August 31, the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District has been operating in the red zone due to an increase of COVID-19 cases.
As of September 8, the Fairbanks Borough is at a 14.1 14-day rolling average per 100,000 people, while the 7-day is at 16.8. According to borough, they follow the guidelines set forth by the Alaska School Activities Association, which means that sporting events are ceased after they moved into the red zone. However, this doesn’t stop teams from practicing with stricter protocols.
There are talks according to ASAA Executive Director Billy Strickland to send out new guidelines to allow sporting events in high risk levels as of September 3.
"We had some good meetings with the Department of Health and they indicated that the alert level isn’t necessarily as significant as the mitigation plans in place for the activity,” said Strickland on September 3. “If we allow competition at a high-level, I think then we wouldn’t be necessarily having to have this, ‘I can play, I can’t play.’ Now again, that is ultimately going to come back to the district. We may decide,' nope, it is not the right thing to do'. We want to relook at it not just from a school standpoint but also relook at it from a health standpoint.”
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