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Update: Noel Wien Library to reopen October 1 after deep clean

Noel Wien Public Library closed on September 29th and 30th due to an employee testing positive for COVID-19.
Published: Sep. 30, 2020 at 4:01 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Noel Wien Public Library closed on September 29th and 30th due to an employee testing positive for COVID-19.

According to Library Director Melissa Harter, the employee notified the library of their positive result on the morning of the 29th. The library then closed at 11:30 that morning.

“Employees went home. Noel Wien Library was deeply cleaned last night, to an extent that it should be good to go by tomorrow [October 1st],” Harter said.

All services were closed down, including the Bookmobile and public computer sessions which were being offered by reservation.

Harter said contact tracing has taken place. “The whole situation was analyzed, and it was deemed that no patrons were at threat, and staff is fine.”

“The way that we’ve been handling the situation with our mitigation policy, all staff members remain six feet apart, masked, wash hands all the time, [and] we clean things all the time. I think that this shows that it is working because there is no spread,” she added.

“We have practiced for this. Our intention is that we be able to bounce right back from this, because with community spread, it’s not guaranteed that it’s not going to happen again,” Harter said.

She added that North Pole Library remains open at this time.

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