Sadly, we continue to live in a dynamic time with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, mitigation efforts and conference requirements will be evolving in response to conditions in Fairbanks and the world at large.
The requirements listed below are subject to change, but reflect our best understanding of the requirements we will need in place during the workshop to protect participants and the community.
- All participants will provide proof of current vaccination status before the workshop.
- Participants are expected to wear a properly fitting mask when in indoor settings unless actively eating or drinking.
- Seating and maximum occupancy standards will be publicized and participants will be expected to respect them.
- Participants will be supplied with three rapid antigen tests, and an N95 mask. Participants are encouraged to conduct a rapid antigen test on July 10 and July 12, and as needed.
- We will make available a live feed of the talks to participants who are unable to attend due to travel delays or infectious disease.
Testing and Traveling
- If you are coming to the United States from abroad, there are testing requirements for entry to the US. The best site for that information is at the CDC.
- The state of Alaska also has some information that may be relevant to you, especially if you are traveling outside of the Fairbanks area during your stay.
- Here’s what we currently know about testing options for travel from Fairbanks (e.g., for re-entry to your home country).
- There is currently a community testing site located on the UAF campus providing free rapid NAAT (Nucleic Acid Amplification Test). Results are sent via email. We are still gathering information to help you determine if their documentation will be adequate for your travel needs. To get results the same day, it is best to go very early in the day. The current contract expires in June, so this service may not be available in July.
- There is a Walgreens Pharmacy not too far from downtown provides rapid NAAT tests by appointment which you may be able to use for travel (check your country’s/airline’s rules to see if this is an admissible test).
- The Fred Meyer’s Pharmacy, not too far from the University, may be another option for rapid antigen tests. Will visit soon to confirm procedures/options.
- You may be able to do your testing over the internet using iHealth (they watch you self-administer a test over your webcam). If you go for this option, you’ll want to make arrangements in advance for receiving their test. There are other similar service providers. ~$43. (If you need to, you can get the test shipped to Gordon’s address. Contact us if you need this.)
- Steese Immediate Care (+1-907-374-7911) offers a rapid antigen test with documentation for travel for $250.
- MedPhysicals Plus (+1-907-717-2088) offer RTPCR, Rapid NAT, and rapid antigen tests for between $209 and $275. Turnaround time is 15 minutes to an hour depending on the test.
Changes to Plans
We all recognize that conditions can change rapidly, and that these might affect your plans to participate in the workshop. The good news is that the vendors we are working with have agreed to be flexible with us, and so we should be able to help you should you run into trouble with your travel plans.
Current data about the state, and about case and hospitalization information in the Fairbanks North Star Borough (Interior Alaska Region) are available from the DHSS Covid Dashboard.