5th FNSB employee tests positive for COVID-19

Published: Jul. 11, 2020 at 5:32 PM AKDT
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Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Bryce Ward has announced that a 5th borough employee has tested positive for COVID-19. This weekend, the Juanita Helms Administration Center (JHAC) located at 907 Terminal Street, is currently undergoing a complete deep cleaning/sanitization by the contract cleaning company. They will follow the guidelines as outlined according to federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for the cleaning of commercial buildings.

Mayor Ward said, “We are sad to learn that another borough employee has tested positive for COVID-19. We are keeping all staff informed of the updates and are working with directors on ensuring that the health and well being of our employees are being addressed. Borough business plans for public meetings, daily health checks and the requirement for all employees to wear a cloth face covering or mask upon entering the building and when in their work areas, are all components of our plan-prepare-respond mitigation process.”

All public meetings scheduled for the week of July 13th will be conducted via Zoom or by Teleconference. This includes:

• Tuesday, July 14th: Planning Commission at 6:00 P.M.

• Wednesday, July 15th: Early Childhood Development Commission at 12:00 P.M.

• Wednesday, July 15th: Platting Board at 6:00 P.M.

• Thursday, July 16th: Administrative Hearing at 10:30 A.M.

• Thursday, July 16th: Finance Committee Meeting at 5:30 P.M., followed immediately by the Committee of the Whole and then the Reconvened June 18th, 2020 Committee of the Whole meeting.

JHAC will be open for business on Monday, July 13th with business being conducted by appointment only. All other borough departments are operational with interaction by appointment only. Please call the department directly for questions or further instructions. Department contact information can be found here:

If you have questions or concerns regarding property tax payments, residents are encouraged to refer to the information that was included on a yellow card in their tax assessment notice. This information can also be found online at:

FNSB is working diligently to keep operations going and we appreciate the public’s patience as we work to keep our employees and the public safe. In addition, FNSB communicates daily with the public health nursing team who are working 7 days a week on carrying out the contact tracing research. If a person has been identified as having been

in close contact with a borough employee, (being within 6 feet of one another AND for 10 minutes or longer) you will be contacted by a member of the public health nursing team.

FNSB has recently received the federal CARES Act funding. Information on the three grant programs can be found here:

FNSB strongly encourages all members of our community to take personal responsibility for their well being by wearing a cloth face covering or mask every time they are out in the public, maintain physical distance of 6 feet or more when in a public space such as the grocery store, practice diligent hand and face hygiene, and to extremely limit your exposure to large groups of people outside of your “bubble”.

The following resources are available for additional information: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: State of Alaska – Department of Health and Social Services: Foundation Health Partners: Fairbanks Public Health Center: 452-1776 City of Fairbanks: Fairbanks North Star Borough School District:

Borough employees and the public will be kept informed on this matter as the circumstances change.

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