Feb. 16, 2021

Dear UAF faculty and staff,

As of midnight on Sunday, Feb. 14, the State of Alaska COVID-19 emergency declaration expired. The state's health orders have been replaced by health advisories. The state has also issued a new Health Advisory No. 2 for international and interstate travel.

With the State of Alaska’s emergency declaration expiring, the UA system office is actively working to update the UA COVID-19 guidance. At UAF we will continue to follow our practices, procedures and policies that are in place, including:

General COVID-19 policy (updated Jan. 21)
COVID-19 face coverings
Contact tracing procedures
Events policy (updated on Feb. 3)
COVID-19 mitigation plans

The State of Alaska continues to expand and open new phases and tiers for COVID-19 vaccinations. With the newest phase (1b, Tier 2) opening last Thursday, Feb. 11, many UAF employees may now be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Per the state's eligibility quiz, if you are a frontline essential worker, age 50 or older, and are required to work within 6 feet of others, you would qualify. To determine if you are eligible, please take the quiz. The Fairbanks area offers several locations to get a vaccination but appointments are limited due to supplies. You can find a vaccine provider on the state’s COVID-19 website.

Please remember that UAF still requires all employees, students and campus visitors to follow our face covering policy and maintain 6 feet of social distancing. Please also continue to sanitize work surfaces and stay home if you are not feeling well. These safety measures will continue to keep our campuses safe.

Thank you for choosing UAF.

— Dan White, chancellor

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