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Borough offices to be cleaned after employees test positive for COVID-19

 The Fairbanks North Star Borough has had two employees test positive for COVID-19. (Alex Bengel/KTVF)
The Fairbanks North Star Borough has had two employees test positive for COVID-19. (Alex Bengel/KTVF) (KTVF)
Published: Jul. 9, 2020 at 5:52 PM AKDT
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The Fairbanks North Star Borough has had its first two employees test positive for COVID-19. The offices affected by the employee's result are being closed.

In a written statement, the borough explained that, “Thursday evening, FNSB will conduct a deep cleaning/sanitizing of all the affected workspaces and common areas.”

In March, the O'Neill Building on the University of Alaska Campus was disinfected as a result of a building employee testing positive for COVID-19.

At the time, Dan White spoke about the cleaning protocol the university followed, saying, "CDC has recommended cleaning procedures, and we use those procedures already."

The borough indicated that their cleaning process will follow CDC guidelines as well.

When it comes to cleaning and disinfecting a building, these include closing off places in use by the affected person, opening outside doors and windows, and waiting 24 hours before starting the process.

Surfaces should then be washed with soap and water followed by disinfectant.

When cleaning, the CDC recommends keeping in mind high touch surfaces, which include tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, phones, keyboards, toilets and faucets.

The CDC says once this process is complete, the affected area can be reopened for use.

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