21 people test positive for COVID-19 at The Fairbanks Northstar Residential Reentry Center

Published: Oct. 17, 2020 at 5:02 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) -17 Residents and 4 employees have tested positive for the coronavirus at the Northstar Residential Reentry Center.

After two residents tested positive for the virus, the department of Health and Social Services conducted mass resident testing on October 1st and subsequent testing on October 8th. This is according to a statement released by GEO Reentry which operates the residential center on behalf of the Department of Corrections.

The Health Department lifted quarantine on October 15.

A statement from GEO Reentry reads:

“Northstar staff continue to work in collaboration with the Alaska Department of Corrections and Department of Health officials and will adhere to their guidance and recommendations regarding the facility. Staff have implemented and are following CDC guidance for Management of Coronavirus in Correctional and Detention Facilities. We previously deployed and continue to provide personal protective equipment, including facemasks for all staff and residents at Northstar and all the residential facilities we manage. Staff are also cleaning and disinfecting high-contact areas of the facility multiple times per day. We take our responsibility to ensure the health and safety of all those in our care, and our employees, with the utmost seriousness and we will continue to work with local, state and federal health officials to implement best practices for the prevention, assessment and management of COVID-19.”

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