Dear UAF Community,

As I mentioned in today’s open forum on the coronavirus response, we were in the process of confirming that one of the two Fairbanksans who recently had a presumptive positive test for COVID-19 is a UAF employee. That was confirmed today by the employee’s supervisor.

I have notified the users of the O’Neill Building, where the employee’s office is located, that in an abundance of caution we are temporarily closing the building, effective immediately. Occupants of the O’Neill Building are being asked to stay home and self-observe for 14 days.

During the 14-day closure, we will work with our janitorial contractor to ensure the building is completely cleaned and sanitized. We will notify users when the building is ready to reoccupy. We expect the cleaning to take less than the 14-day period.

Please keep in mind that the affected individual and their family are in a difficult position and entitled to privacy. It is my understanding that if you had contact with the individual, you may have already been contacted by public health officials with specific instructions.

Thank you.

— Dan White, chancellor

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