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Update: Fairbanks school district decided in August to not report positive cases

According to Director of Public Relations, Yumi McCullough, the district decided to not report positive cases after the first case back in August was reported regarding the West Valley football player.
According to Director of Public Relations, Yumi McCullough, the district decided to not report positive cases after the first case back in August was reported regarding the West Valley football player.(MGN)
Published: Sep. 28, 2020 at 4:59 PM AKDT|Updated: Sep. 29, 2020 at 5:30 PM AKDT
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Update: We have a follow-up to yesterday’s story regarding the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District deciding to not report positive cases.

According to Director of Public Relations, Yumi McCullough, the district decided to not report positive cases after the first case back in August was reported regarding the West Valley football player.

McCullough said the decision to not report positive cases was not made during a school board meeting, and there was no public input or testimony. It is still unclear who, exactly, made that decision.

There was also no answer to the question of how the district was going to report cases while the new information dashboard is still being developed.

We will have more on this story as information is available.

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - On September 28, Director of Public Relations Yumi McCulloch announced that the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District will not be sending out press releases regarding positive COVID-19 cases, but will instead develop a COVID-19 dashboard similar to ones used by the state of Alaska and the University of Alaska system.

This comes after a student-athlete in the North Pole Patriot’s tennis program tested positive and there was no announcement from the school district. The Patriots were withheld from the Region VI tennis tournament over the weekend as precaution by the Fairbanks School District.

We reached out for details regarding this new dashboard and the decision to stop sending out press releases about the positive tests -- but as of publication time, the district has not responded to the request.

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