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Fairbanks North Star Borough launches COVID-19 risk matrix

Published: Jan. 25, 2021 at 4:19 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - On Monday, January 25th, the Fairbanks North Star Borough announced the launch of its new COVID-19 Risk Matrix.

The matrix is designed to take data from the State of Alaska and use weighted values to determine the risk of infection in the borough. This assessment is then used to decide what mitigation measures need to be taken at any given time.

The borough currently stands at an intermediate risk level, with a 7-day case average of 21.86.

In a press release, borough Mayor Bryce Ward said, “I have been frustrated with the appearance of a lack of connection between the data and our mitigation measures and strategies. This matrix is our best effort to correlate our community data into actionable steps to keep our community members and staff safe.”

On Wednesday, January 20th, Ward explained that 3 basic factors are used to determine level of risk: Daily Case Averages, Test Positivity Rate, and Hospitalizations, saying, “‘Low-intermediate’ and ‘low’ is where we are able to start opening up facilities like the library again. So, we’re actually on a downward trajectory. If you look at the data from the beginning of the year, our daily case counts have been declining, our percent positivity has been declining, and our hospitalizations have been stabilizing.”

The Risk Matrix can be found at the borough’s website.

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