COVID-19 in Interior Alaska: Closures - Resources - PSA's - Restaurants

COVID-19 local updates in Interior Alaska

COVID-19 local updates in Interior Alaska

As we go through these difficult times in Interior Alaska with the Coronavirus, COVID-19, we want to share with you the latest updates as they become available and resources to help you and your family.

If you are experiencing fever, coughing, or shortness of breath – Call Fairbanks Memorial Hospital’s hotline at 458-2888 or if you are a Chief Andrew Isaac Health Clinic beneficiary Call 907-451-6682 option 9.

Our providers will assist you in making plans to get screened and tested for COVID-19.

Fairbanks Health Partners Drive-thru testing stations are next to the Tanana Valley Clinic at 9th Ave. & Noble St.and outside the Emergency Room at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.

Other testing sites are Tanana Valley First Care at 9th Ave and Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center on Lathrop St.

It is up to all of us to keep our communities safe. Do your part by staying home and keeping distance between yourself and others. Together we can slow the spread of COVID-19.

2 Health Mandates were implemented to Alaska on Friday, March 27 by Governor Mike Dunleavy, Commissioner Adam Crum - Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, and Dr. Anne Zink - Chief Medical Officer - State of Alaska. Covid-19 Health Mandates 012 and 011 went into effect Saturday, March 28, 2020. These mandates include social distancing, sheltering-in-place, and limiting travel between communities. Exempted are those engaged in essential health care services, public government services, and essential business activities.

**COVID-19 HEALTH MANDATE 012**

Issued 5 PM March 27: STATEWIDE SHELTER IN PLACE, TRAVEL BAND ORDERED FOR ALASKA

By: Governor Mike Dunleavy, Commissioner Adam Crum - Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, and Dr. Anne Zink - Chief Medical Officer - State of Alaska

To prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the State of Alaska is issuing its 10th health mandate based on the authority under the Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration signed by Governor Mike Dunleavy on March 11, 2020

Given the increasing concern for new cases of COVID-19 being transmitted via community spread within the state, Governor Dunleavy and the State of Alaska are issuing the following mandate to go into effect March 28, 2020 at 8:00 am and will be reevaluated by April 11, 2020.

This mandate is issued to protect the public health of Alaskans. The Governor looks to establish consistent mandates across the State in order to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. The goal is to flatten the curve and disrupt the spread of the virus.

The purpose of this mandate is to control the movement of individuals within Alaska in order to prevent, slow, and otherwise disrupt the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.

The State of Alaska and the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) acknowledge the importance of minimizing intrastate travel to avoid introducing new COVID-19 cases into Alaska communities and slow the spread of the virus in state. It is imperative that Alaskans heed these guidelines.

Critical infrastructure is vital to keeping Alaska safe, and as a result businesses and employees of critical infrastructure industries must, to the extent reasonably feasible, take reasonable care to protect their staff and operations during this pandemic. If your business is included in “Alaska’s Essential Services and Critical Infrastructure” (formerly Attachment A), you must submit a travel plan or protocol for maintaining critical infrastructure to akcovidplans@ak-prepared.com. The plan should outline how you will avoid the spread of COVID-19 and not endanger the lives of the communities in which you operate, of others who serve as a part of that infrastructure, or the ability of that critical infrastructure to function. If you have already submitted a plan pursuant to Health Mandate 10.1 related to interstate travel, you do not need to submit another plan.

Critical infrastructure includes those items listed in “Alaska’s Essential Services and Critical Infrastructure” (formerly Attachment A) https://gov.alaska.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/03232020-COVID-19-Health-Mandate-010-Attachment-A.pdf

Health Mandate 012 – Intrastate Travel – Limiting travel between communities to critical infrastructure or critical personal needs.

Effective 8:00 am March 28, 2020

All in-state travel between communities, whether resident, worker, or visitor, is prohibited unless travel is to support critical infrastructure, or for critical personal needs. Certain Small Alaskan communities may implement further travel restriction pursuant to “Alaska Small Community Emergency Travel Order - Attachment B.”

Personal travel is prohibited except as necessary to meet critical personal needs or work in critical infrastructure jobs. Critical personal needs include buying, selling, or delivering groceries and home goods; obtaining fuel for vehicles or residential needs; transporting family members for out-of-home care, essential health needs, or for purposes of child custody exchanges; receiving essential health care; providing essential health care to a family member; obtaining other important goods; and engaging in subsistence activities. Travelers are reminded to follow social distancing measures, including, to the extent reasonably feasible, keeping six feet away from others, avoiding crowded places, and limiting public gatherings to less than ten people. Read the “Mandate 11 and 12 FAQ’s” for more details.

No one traveling to or from any community for critical reasons or critical personal travel may be subject to any automatic quarantine or isolation on arrival except as allowed under Alaska Statutes or Health Mandates.

Air carriers and other travel-related businesses have no duty to verify that intrastate travelers meet the criteria for permissible travel under this heath mandate. Air carriers shall inquire if travelers are permitted to travel under this mandate and shall rely upon a traveler’s assurance that they are eligible to travel.

***This Mandate supersedes any local government or tribal mandate, directive, or order restricting intrastate travel ***

For the latest information on COVID-19, visit coronavirus.alaska.gov State of Alaska COVID-19 Mandate 012

Mandates available at https://gov.alaska.gov/home/covid19-healthmandates/

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**COVID-19 HEALTH MANDATE 011**

Issued 5 PM March 27:

By: Governor Mike Dunleavy, Commissioner Adam Crum - Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, and Dr. Anne Zink - Chief Medical Officer - State of Alaska

To prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the State of Alaska is issuing its 11th health mandate based on the authority under the Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration signed by Governor Mike Dunleavy on March 11, 2020

Given the increasing concern for new cases of COVID-19 being transmitted via community spread within the state, Governor Dunleavy and the State of Alaska are issuing the following mandate to go into effect March 28, 2020 at 5:00 pm and will be reevaluated by April 11, 2020.

This mandate is issued to protect the public health of Alaskans. The Governor looks to establish consistent mandates across the State in order to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. The goal is to flatten the curve and disrupt the spread of the virus.

The purpose of this mandate is to restrict the movement of individuals within the State of Alaska in order to prevent, slow, and otherwise disrupt the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.

The State of Alaska and the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) acknowledge the importance of social distancing, while maintaining essential healthcare services, public government services, and other essential business activities, to prevent, slow, and otherwise disrupt the spread of COVID-19 in Alaska. It is imperative that Alaskans heed these guidelines.

Health Mandate 011 – Social Distancing

Effective 5 p.m. March 28, 2020:

All persons in Alaska, except for those engaged in essential health care services, public government services, and essential business activities, are mandated to remain at their place of residence and practice social distancing. For the purpose of this mandate, social distancing is defined as maintaining a distance of six feet or greater from any individuals with whom you do not currently reside. Read the “Mandate 11 & 12 FAQ’s” for more details, which can be found here: http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/id/Pages/COVID-19/default.aspx

Critical infrastructure includes those items listed in “Alaska’s Essential Services and Critical Infrastructure” (formerly Attachment A) https://gov.alaska.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/03232020-COVID-19-Health-Mandate-010-Attachment-A.pdf

I. The Governor orders individuals to abide by the following:

  1. Work from home as much as possible (see Alaska Essential Services and Critical Workforce Infrastructure Order).
  2. Immediately isolate any family member who is ill. www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html#precautions
  3. Outdoor activity (e.g., walking, hiking, bicycling, running, fishing or hunting) is permitted when a distance of six or more feet can be maintained between individuals not in the same household.
  4. Any individual who exhibits symptoms of illness must not leave their home, including to work, except as necessary to seek or receive medical care.
  5. All individuals shall cease participation in public or private gatherings that include non-household members, regardless of the number of people involved. This includes, but is not limited to, weddings, faith gatherings, graduations, and funeral events.
  6. Individuals experiencing homelessness are exempt from this mandate but are urged to obtain shelter.

II. The Governor orders the closure of non-essential businesses:

  1. All businesses within Alaska, except those listed in Alaska Essential Services and Critical Workforce Infrastructure Order, are required to cease all activities at facilities located within the state except Minimum Basic Operations, as defined in Section II(c). For clarity, businesses may also continue operations consisting exclusively of employees or contractors performing activities at their own residences (i.e., working from home).
  2. For purposes of this Mandate, covered businesses include any for-profit, non-profit, or educational entities, regardless of the nature of the service, the function they perform, or corporate or entity structure.
  3. Minimum Basic Operations” include the following, provided that employees comply with Social Distancing Requirements as defined in this Section, to the extent possible, while carrying out such operations:
    1. The minimum necessary activities to maintain the value of the business’s inventory, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, or for related functions.
    2. The minimum necessary activities to facilitate employees of the business being able to continue to work remotely from their residences.

III. The Governor orders employers to abide by the following:

  1. Businesses providing essential services and critical infrastructure will, to the extent reasonably feasible, take reasonable precautions to ensure the health of their service sector and employees.
  2. Public-facing businesses providing essential services and critical infrastructure will proactively promote social distancing between employees and others, including, but not limited to, expanding delivery options, drive-through services, limiting the number of individuals in a building, clearly spacing lines to keep individuals six feet apart, or making appointment times to minimize interactions between members of the public.
  3. Employers will evaluate which of their employees can feasibly work remotely from home and to the extent reasonable, take steps to enable employees to work from home.

A violation of a state COVID-19 Mandate may subject a business or organization to an order to cease operations and/or a civil fine of up to $1,000 per violation.

In addition to the potential civil fines noted above, a person or organization that fails to follow the state COVID-19 Mandates designed to protect the public health from this dangerous virus and its impact may, under certain circumstances, also be criminally prosecuted for Reckless Endangerment pursuant to Alaska Statute 11.41.250. Reckless endangerment is defined as follows:

(a) A person commits the crime of reckless endangerment if the person recklessly engages in conduct which creates a substantial risk of serious physical injury to another person.

(b) Reckless endangerment is a class A misdemeanor.

Pursuant to Alaska Statute 12.55.135, a defendant convicted of a class A misdemeanor may be sentenced to a definite term of imprisonment of not more than one year.

Additionally, under Alaska Statute 12.55.035, a person may be fined up to $25,000 for a class A misdemeanor, and a business organization may be sentenced to pay a fine not exceeding the greatest of $2,500,000 for a misdemeanor offense that results in death, or $500,000 for a class A misdemeanor offense that does not result in death.

This mandate supersedes any local government or tribal mandate, directive, or order.

For the latest information on COVID-19, visit coronavirus.alaska.gov State of Alaska COVID-19 Mandate 011

Mandates available at https://gov.alaska.gov/home/covid19-healthmandates/

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – City of Fairbanks Emergency Declaration - COVID-19 DATE: March 24, 2020

Mayor Matherly has issued an emergency declaration in response to the COVID19 pandemic that is currently impacting our community. The declaration will be in effect for seven days. Mayor Matherly will be asking the Fairbanks City Council to ratify the declaration at the March 30th council meeting, which will extend the effective period for as long as needed. According to state law, an emergency declaration by the Mayor is only effective for seven days unless ratified by the Council.

The City of Fairbanks is working closely with local and state medical experts and the Mayor supports their recommendations for slowing the spread of this virus. Fairbanks residents must comply with statewide mandates issued from the Governor’s office. Those mandates can be found at www.coronavirus.alaska.gov.

Regarding the situation in Fairbanks, Mayor Matherly stated, “It is imperative that we act now by remaining in our homes and staying away from public places unless absolutely necessary. I’ve spent many hours in the recent days hearing from local physicians, and the situation in Fairbanks is very serious. The number of confirmed positive cases does not reflect the full picture. Every resident needs to do their part to protect themselves, their families, and the community. If your family needs groceries, only send one person to the store. Check in on those considered high risk; help those ones stay home by going to the grocery store or pharmacy for them. I am imploring the community to take this seriously and stay home.”

The March 30th City Council Meeting will be streamed over the City of Fairbanks website

MEDIA CONTACT: Teal Soden, Communications Director, 907-687-9221, tsoden@fairbanks.us

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**COVID-19 HEALTH MANDATE 010**

Issued: March 23, 2020

By: Governor Mike Dunleavy, Commissioner Adam Crum - Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, and Dr. Anne Zink - Chief Medical Officer - State of Alaska

To prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the State of Alaska is issuing its 10th health mandate based on the authority under the Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration signed by Governor Mike Dunleavy on March 11, 2020

Given the increasing concern for new cases of COVID-19 around Alaska, Governor Dunleavy and the State of Alaska are issuing the following mandate to go into effect March 25, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., and will be reevaluated by April 21, 2020.

This mandate is issued to protect the public health of Alaskans. The Governor looks to establish consistent mandates across the state in order to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. The goal is to flatten the curve and prevent the spread of the virus.

The purpose of this mandate is to control the ingress to Alaska from outside localities in order to prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Health Mandate 10.1 – International and Interstate Travel – Order for Self-Quarantine

Effective 12:01 a.m. March 25, 2020:

All people arriving in Alaska, whether resident, worker or visitor, are required to self-quarantine for 14 days and monitor for illness. Arriving residents and workers in self-quarantine, should work from home, unless you support critical infrastructure.

Critical infrastructure is vital to keeping Alaska safe, and as a result businesses and employees of critical infrastructure industries must take special care to protect their staff and operations during this pandemic. If your business is included in Attachment A, and your workers must travel to enter Alaska, you must submit a plan or protocol for maintaining critical infrastructure to the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development by 3:00 p.m. March 24, outlining how you will avoid the spread of COVID-19 and not endanger the lives of the communities in which you operate, of others who serve as a part of that infrastructure or the ability of that critical infrastructure to function.

Pursuant to the Governor’s declaration, the State of Alaska hereby orders the following. Upon arrival in any community in Alaska from another state or nation, you must:

  1. Proceed directly from the airport to your designated quarantine location, which is the location identified and affirmed by you on the mandatory State of Alaska Travel Declaration Form (attached).
    1. If you are a resident, your designated quarantine location is your residence.
    2. If you are a visitor or worker, your designated quarantine location is your hotel room or rented lodging.
  2. Remain in your designated quarantine location for a period of 14 days, or the duration of your stay in Alaska, whichever is shorter.
    1. You may leave your designated quarantine location only for medical emergencies or to seek medical care.
    2. Do not visit any public spaces, including, but not limited to: pools, meetings rooms, fitness centers or restaurants.
    3. Do not allow visitors in or out of your designated quarantine location other than a physician, healthcare provider, or individual authorized to enter the designated quarantine location by Unified Command.
    4. Comply with all rules or protocols related to your quarantine as set forth by your hotel or rented lodging.
    5. If you are required to self-quarantine and there are other individuals in your residence, hotel room, or rented lodging, you are required to comply with social distancing guidelines.

This mandate supersedes any local government travel restrictions.

The failure to follow this order is punishable by a fine of up to $25,000, or imprisonment of not more than one year, or both pursuant to Alaska Statute 12.55.035 and Alaska Statute 12.55.135

Authority: AS 26.23.020(g)(7) For the latest information on COVID-19, visit coronavirus.alaska.gov State of Alaska COVID-19 Mandate 010

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**COVID-19 HEALTH MANDATE 008**

Issued: March 20, 2020

By: Governor Mike Dunleavy, Commissioner Adam Crum - Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, and Dr. Anne Zink - Chief Medical Officer - State of Alaska

To prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the State of Alaska is issuing its eighth health mandate based on the authority under the Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration signed by Governor Mike Dunleavy on March 11, 2020.

Given the increasing concern for new cases of COVID-19 around Alaska, the purpose of this mandate is to limit all close contacts (people outside of a family unit) to be farther than six feet from each other to prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Mandate 8.1 – State of Alaska – Public and Private Schools

Public and private schools are closed to students through May 1, 2020. Students will receive instruction through distance delivery methods. All after school activities will be suspended during this time.

Effective March 21 at 8 AM, all business congregations or gatherings where individuals are less than 6 feet from each other must cease in the Fairbanks North Star Borough. The mandate applies to hair salons, day spas, nail salons, barber shops, tattoo shops, body piercing locations, massage therapy locations and tanning facilities.

These are measures to protect Alaskans. We appreciate the public’s understanding of this mandate in an effort to mitigate this virus.

For the latest information on COVID-19, visit coronavirus.alaska.gov State of Alaska COVID-19 Mandate 008

**COVID-19 HEALTH MANDATE 006**

Issued: March 19, 2020

By: Governor Mike Dunleavy, Commissioner Adam Crum - Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, and Dr. Anne Zink - Chief Medical Officer - State of Alaska

To prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the State of Alaska is issuing its sixth health mandate based on the authority under the Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration signed by Governor Mike Dunleavy on March 11, 2020.

The State of Alaska and the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) acknowledge the proactive efforts of Alaska’s oral health providers and practitioners to protect the health and safety of patients and the state in response to COVID-19.

Mandate 6.1 – Elective Oral Health Procedures

Dental clinical settings and oral health professionals are recognized within the highest risk categories for both transmission and contraction of the Coronavirus, as most dental procedures release significant aerosols in the operatory atmosphere. Therefore, in concurrence with recommendations from the American Dental Association (ADA), the Alaska Dental Society, and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, elective oral health care procedures are required to be postponed for a period of one month. [ ... ]

Recommended actions:

  • Postpone all elective and non-essential dental procedures.
  • Prioritize treatment for patients experiencing dental emergencies, here defined by the ADA as ‘Health care related to relief of severe dental/oral pain and infection management’.
  • To help decrease the overburden of emergency rooms and urgent care facilities as COVID-19 response rapidly increases, oral health practitioners are encouraged to provide emergency dental care through patients’ regular dental home, including after-hours where possible, except in the case of a life-threatening emergency.
  • Limit orders and use of PPE to the minimum necessary for emergency care.

For the latest information on COVID-19, visit coronavirus.alaska.gov State of Alaska COVID-19 Mandate 006

CLOSURES:

UPDATED: 3/26/20

Fairbanks North Star Borough Closures

Fairbanks North Star Borough temporarily suspending ALL MACS Transit and Van Tran services effective Thursday, March 19, 2020. All eight of the MACS Transit bus lines and Van Tran services will be suspended. This interruption is expected to last a few days while transit workers receive personal protection equipment and training.

Fairbanks North Star Borough Operational Closures:Updated 3-18-20 Subject to change - Courtesy FNSB

CLOSED:

Big Dipper – Pools – Recycling Center – Adaptive Recreation Programs – Senior Programs – Noel Wien & North Pole Branch Libraries – Commission & non-essential public meetings – Borough fire stations (no public access) – Pioneer Park meeting spaces & buildings – Rural Services – Land Management – Transit Center, Buses & Van Tran (temporary)

Public and private schools are closed to students through May 1, 2020. Students will receive instruction through distance delivery methods. All after school activities will be suspended during this time. For more information, visitk12northstar.org/closure

OPEN - Pioneer Park outdoor spaces – Landfill & Transfer Sites – Animal Control – Libraries: Virtual & Online Services are limited administrative services are available and OPEN.

See PSA Updates listing below for FNSB Transportation - RESTART of Scheduled VAN TRAN Service - Updated March 25, 2020

MORE CLOSURES/ CANCELLATIONS:

UPDATED: 3/31/20

UAF Graduation - University President, Jim Johnsen, announced all commencement ceremonies for the entire UA system will be cancelled.

UAF - RETURNS to Online Classes after extended spring break. Visit University of Alaska Fairbanks for more information.

All GYMS closed

Mush For Kids cancelled

2020 Arctic Winter Games March 15 – 17 cancelled

47th Annual Festival of Native Arts March 19 – 21 cancelled

Ice Dog Hockey – games cancelled for the rest of the season

Regal Cinemas – announced closure of all theater locations starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020

For-Get-Me-Not Books closed indefinitely

Fairbanks Permanent Fund Dividend Offices closed in Fairbanks, Anchorage and Juneau. Apply online if you haven't already done so. Deadline to apply is March 31 at midnight.

Fairbanks City Hall closed to the public. Communication via phone and email from 8 AM to 5 PM Monday - Friday. Phone 459-6715 for assistance

North Pole City Hall closed to the public. Call 488-2281 for assistance

Alaska Railroad suspends Aurora Winter Train until May. Passenger service between Fairbanks and Anchorage will close 3/19 - Thursday through April 30. Freight service is NOT AFFECTED.

Daily New-Miner lobby closed to the public - starting 5 PM, Wed. March 18. Phone 456-6661

GVEA lobby closed to the public. Bills can be paid via phone and online. Phone 907 452-1151 during regular business hours Monday - Friday 8 AM to 5 PM

Hair salons, day spas, nail salons, barber shops, tattoo shops, body piercing locations, massage therapy locations and tanning facilities. Effective March 21 at 8 AM, all business congregations or gatherings where individuals are less than 6 feet from each other must cease in the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

POSTPONEMENTS/ EXTENSIONS:

UPDATED: 3/31/20

IRS HAS EXTENDED Filing Deadline to July 15, 2020

Real ID deadline to be extended beyond October 1, 2020 due to coronavirus crisis, New extension date is October 1, 2021.

Alaska Permanent Fund Filing Deadline extended to April 30, 2020

Flyaway Fridays at Gallo’s Restaurant is temporarily postponed. Stay tuned to 102.5 KIAK-FM for the return of Flyaway Fridays at Gallo’s Restaurant and Sports Bar.

Fairbanks Light Opera 50 Year Gala- Postponed to later date

Bowl for Kids Sake is postponed indefinitely

IAB Home Show at the Carlson Center postponed indefinitely

Senior Recognition Day scheduled for May 7 is postponed to later date - to be determined. (FNSB Parks & Recreation)

Family Friendly Workplace Awards is cancelled. Unfortunately, this event will not be rescheduled for a later date in 2020 but will be scheduled for 2021 (FNSB Parks & Recreation) Questions about the FFWA event, please call Eric Holland, Administrator, FNSB Health and Social Services Commission and Early Childhood Development Commission at 459-1287.

Statewide closure of Restaurants and Bars - WED. March 18 Indefinite suspension of dine-in services at bars, breweries, restaurants. Take-Out and Drive Through Services are OPEN at many restaurants.

Arctic Bowl - Snack bar is OPEN for take out - bowling and cocktails are suspended. Pro shop is OPEN for equipment repairs and purchases.. Call 456-7719 for updated information or to make your pro shop appointment. Grab your Nenana Ice Classic tickets too by April 5th at Arctic Bowl.

Big Daddy's BBQ - OPEN -Takeout and delivery orders available and new “curbside service” where your order is brought to your car. Phone 907 452-4501

Burger Zone - Inside Gas Line II Building - corner of Steese and 5th. (80 5th St. - official address ) Take-out orders. Delivery starting Thursday, March 26th, via AK Speed Eats

Fenders Restaurant - OPEN for Takeout, delivery and curb-side service. Retro dining. Phone 907 452-3684

Firehouse Subs - Through April 30, hungry guests can enjoy a FREE Kids' Combo with purchase of a medium or large sub by showing this coupon at the register or mentioning it on the phone*. Firehouse Subs kids combos include a choice of a Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Small Meatball, Turkey & Provolone or Ham & Provolone Subs, along with a 12 oz. fountain drink or carton of milk, dessert and a kid-sized fire hat. This offer is only valid 3/23/20 - 4/30/20. Carryout orders only. Order at the counter or call ahead. Print offer or show on smartphone to redeem. Cannot be combined with other discounts or coupons. $4.99 Medium Choice Subs not valid as qualifying items. Not valid online.

Friar Tucks Hoagie House - OPEN -Takeout and delivery orders available and new “curbside service” where your order is brought to your car. Phone 907 374-6000

Gallo's Mexican Restaurant - OPEN for Takeout orders and delivery. Phone 907 455-9225

Glacier Grind Coffee Hut - OPEN - Corner of Airport & Lathrop. Kaladi Brothers Coffees, Smoothies, Jet Teas. Vita Drinks. Breakfast Burritos, Sandwiches. Stop by and sign up to win gift cards from local businesses

Great AK Pizza - OPEN for carryout and delivery. Customer appreciation day is cancelled for the month of March

Great Harvest Bread Company - Dine-In is closed. OPEN for carry out, curbside, and delivery only. Curbside Pick Up – call ahead 907-374-3900, and pick up at the curb with another call. Order on-line @ ordergreatharvestfairbanks.com/#, call when you arrive and your order is brought to you. Delivery for orders of $100 or more $10.00 delivery fee.

Hoarfrost Distilling - FREE Hand Cleaner - BYOB 4 oz. size. OPEN 4 - 8 PM. Phone 479-6128

Hot Shot Sisters Drive-Through 3686 College Rd. OPEN for business 5 AM - 6 PM. DELIVERY service starting 3/18 - includes North Pole. Phone or text 750-2488. Smoothies, juice bar, espresso, breakfast burritos, burrito bundles, & more.

McDonalds - All Drive-Thru's are OPEN. Airport Way and Johansen OPEN 24 hours. Geist Road OPEN 6:30 AM to 11:30 PM. North Pole OPEN 6 AM to midnight. Note: Hours could change based on customer response

Papa Murphy's Take N Bake Pizza - OPEN for Take Out Pizza at both locations - OPEN until 8 PM. Phone 452-7272 or 479-3637

Salty's on 2nd - OPEN - Takeout and delivery orders available. Phone 907 457-4992

The Banks Alehouse - OPEN - Takeout and delivery orders available 11 AM -5 PM Tuesday - Saturday. Phone: 907 374-3265

Wendy's Dine-In is closed. Drive through OPENS at 6:30 AM for their new breakfasts and stays open to 1 AM at Fairbanks location. At North Pole location stays OPEN until Midnight.

More FREE Lunches for KIDS. Check this out. Hungry Robot – personal pepperoni or cheese pizza ~ FBKS & NP Pizza Hut – 1 slice of pizza Monday – Friday from 11 AM – 1 PM ~ Spice It Up Restaurant – Chicken Gyro and Juice.

Get brown bag lunches at: Salty’s on 2nd ~ Food Factory ~ Salvation Army from Noon – 1 PM ~ Starving Artist Showroom at Noon at 535 2nd Ave ~ Southside Community Fairbanks Native Chapel at 1110 20th Ave.

See PSA Updates listing below for Fairbanks North Star Borough School District FREE Breakfasts and Lunches. Lists all participating schools and times for meals.

RESOURCES & Activities for Kids, Teens, & Adults

Updated 3/26/20

From Your District Leadership - FNSBSD Superintendent Karen Gaborik

Hello school district family, Read Superintendent Gaborik's letter in entirety at https://www.smore.com/5reym INCLUDED are helpful links to School Resources, Nutrition Services and Transportation, Teaching and Learning Links, Special Education information, Technology and Self- Care Resources for FNSBSD students and parents.

Staying at Home with the Kids - The kids are out of school and looking for things to do. Check out these helpful links:

Kid Tube geared towards 12 years old and under. 100% Mom Approved Videos

Homeschool Hideout - 100 Educational Shows on Amazon Prime

The Best Ideas for Kids - Over 100 indoor activities for kids: crafts, activities, games and educational projects

Virtual Farm Tours While You're Stuck at Home - Activities for kids age 4 to 13

We are Teachers - Big List of Children's Books Online Readings & Activities

Stuck at Home? - Helpful ideas from Noel Wien & North Pole Branch Libraries - Something for Everyone Update 3/20/20

FNSB Virtual Library Service is here for you! Noel Wien and North Pole Branch Library. Although the physical buildings are closed, we are here to provide assistance, virtual programming, and hold pickup. Visit fnsblibrary.org and Facebook for more information.

Virtual Story Times from FNSB Libraries. New postings to the Library’s Facebook page every weekday by 1 PM.

Shonen Jump Hundreds of free manga chapters from popular series are available to read for free online. Geared for teenagers

Wonderopolis - Where the wonders of learning never cease -a free online learning resource for children and families. Sponsored by the National Center for Families Learning,

Jam Base - Enjoy live music with no bathroom lines from the comfort of your own couch

NPR - NPR is maintaining a daily list of Live Virtual Concerts to Watch During the Coronavirus Shutdown

EDX - FREE Online University courses from school such as Harvard, MiT and Berkeley

Indigenous Cinema - The National Film Board of Canada offers this library of over 200 films by Indigenous directors.

Harry the Dirty Dog read by Betty White - Because Betty White is a national treasure

The following fitness sites offer free streaming workout videos and/or apps

Orange Theory - Daily 30 minute workouts

Peloton - Offering a 90 day free trial of their fitness app. (Registration and payment information is required)

GoldsGym - Offering free streaming workouts and free Gold’s Amp digital coaching app through May 31st.

Planet Fitness - offering daily “work-ins” on Facebook at 3 PM local time

PSA's:

Updated 3/26/20

SDS E-Alert: Covid-19 Guidance for Long-Term Care, Residential, Assisted Living, Retirement Communities and Independent Living Facilities

Please find below links to CDC and State of Alaska COVID-19 guidance and resources.

·Updated State of Alaska COVID-19 Guidance for Long-Term Care, Residential and Assisted Living Facilities: This resource assists all types of residential facilities in developing an infection control or influenza plan. The State of Alaska encourages all facilities to complete items 2.A. – 2. E.

http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/id/SiteAssets/Pages/HumanCoV/DHSS_LTCF_COVID19-Guidance_20200323.pdf

·CDC Guidance for Retirement Communities and Independent Living: This resource offers guidance on how to plan, prepare, and respond to COVID-19 in Retirement Communities and Independent Living Communities.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/retirement/index.html

·CDC Guidance on Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in Retirement Communities and Independent Living Facilities (Interim Guidance): This resource offers prevention guidance to owners, administrators, operators, workers, volunteers, visitors, and residents of retirement communities and independent living facilities that are not health care facilities.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/retirement/guidance-retirement-response.html

·CDC Guidance on Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Checklist: Older Persons: This checklist offers tips on how older persons can stay healthy and/or respond in case there is a COVID-19 outbreak in the community or if the older person might think they have COVID-19.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/retirement/checklist.html

FNSB Transportation Announces Restart of Scheduled VAN TRAN Service - Updated March 25, 2020

The Fairbanks North Star Borough Transportation Department will resume scheduled Van Tran Service, beginning Thursday, March 26, 2020. Borough Transit will provide a modified demand response service to the Fairbanks community. This service will be for medical and grocery trips only and will be available to all members of the public within Van Tran’s normal boundary service area. This service will be provided on a “first come, first serve” basis with preference given to currently eligible Van Tran patrons. The operation hours for this modified demand response service will be Monday through Saturday from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Please call a minimum of one day in advance to schedule your ride. If you have questions or would like to schedule a ride, confirm location pick up or check on same day ride availability, please call Van Tran Customer Service at 907- 459 -1010. Pick up locations must be within normal Van Tran boundaries which are within ¾ mile of a regular MACS Transit stop.

Contact: Lanien Livingston ~ Borough PIO ~ Phone 907-459-1304 ~ Email: Lanien.livingston@fnsb.us

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Homeless Housing Update - Covid-19

MEMO from Teal Soden - Communications Director - City of Fairbanks

There has been a lot of concern about whether individuals experiencing homelessness in Fairbanks have adequate housing during the Covid -19 outbreak. While some communities in Alaska have had to relocate their homeless shelters, Fairbanks is fortunate to have the largest emergency shelters in the state. All three of our emergency shelters have quarantine and social distancing capabilities. The City of Fairbanks Homeless Housing Coordinator, Mike Sanders, continues to work closely with service providers to make sure that services continue for this vulnerable population. Please see recent agency updates from Fairbanks Rescue Mission - IACNVL - Fairbanks Youth Advocates - TCC Sobering Center - Stone Soup Cafe - No Limits Warming Center - Restore Inc - Salvation Army - Love Inc - and TCC Housing First at https://us12.campaign-archive.com/?u=c89189d9488cfae4211947663&id=eed68b3b7b

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FREE Breakfast & Lunches for ALL children who attend a Fairbanks North Star Borough District School.Meals are available Monday – Friday for children only and distributed out of a yellow school bus.Please bring a bag or box for easy transport. For more information visit:https://www.k12northstar.org/Page/9281 See schools and times below:

BREAKFAST 9 AM to 11 AM at the following schools: Anne Wien Elementary, Arctic Light Elementary, Ben Eielson Jr/Sr High, Barnette Magnet, Denali Elementary, Hunter Elementary, Joy Elementary, Midnight Sun Elementary, Nordale Elementary, North Pole Elementary, North Pole Middle, Pearl Creek Elementary, Salcha Elementary, Star of the North, Tanana Middle, Ticasuk Brown Elementary, Two Rivers K-8, University Park Elementary, Watershed Charter, Weller Elementary West Valley High, Woodriver Elementary,

LUNCH 11:30 AM to 1 PM at the following schools: Boreal Sun Charter, Fox General Store, Ester Post Office, Hilltop Truck Stop, Jennifer Pullout, Jillian Square, Lakeview Terrace Office, Laree’s (10 Mile Chena Hot Springs Road), McPeak’s, Monroe Catholic School, Moose Creek Bus Barn, Pleasant Valley Store, Rosie Creek Pullout, Salcha Store, Sourdough on Farmer’s Loop, Vallata, Yak Estates

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PUBLIC NOTICE: Board of Education Work Session by Video Conference - Monday, March 30, 2020 at 6:00 PM

The School Board has called a Work Session by video conference for Monday, March 30, at 6:00 p.m. hosted from the board room of the Administrative Center, 520 Fifth Avenue. The topics of discussion will be School Closure and Legislative Updates.

The Work Session can be accessed by: 

* in-person attendance, within the guidelines of the State of Alaska COVID-19 Mandates 009 & 009.1

* livestream at streaming.k12northstar.org

* real-time audio provided from the district’s webpage – k12northstar.org

* televised live on GCI Cable – channel 14

* audio-recorded for next-day website posting

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The Out of the Darkness Walk scheduled for April 25th is being transitioned into a virtual/online event. The Fairbanks Walk is still happening virtually, you can continue to raise awareness & funds while asking others to join you as a Virtual Walker. For more information phone 978 -9870 or email sunshine_chick34@hotmail.com or visit the Out of the Darkness Virtual Fairbanks Walk HERE

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention reminds you to care for your mental health in the face of uncertainty:

  1. Focus on what is in your control, versus what is not
  2. Do what helps you feel a sense of safety.
  3. Remind yourself to stay in the present.
  4. Stay connected with others. 

You can reach the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.

Be sure to check out the NEW website: Mental Health & Covid-19

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Crowley Fuel Update - As a result of new community directives related to Covid-19 in Alaska and as a precautionary measure for the safety of our employees and customers, Crowley terminal lobbies will be closed to the public beginning Monday, March 23. We are happy to continue serving by phone for all payment and service needs. Lobby closures will not impact fuel deliveries to our customers.We will continue to monitor this situation and will provide Crowley Fuels updates as they become available.

Co-op Market Grocery & Deli - Starting Monday, shopping hour exclusively for 60+ and medically vulnerable community. We are also temporarily shortening our store hours to focus on intensive sanitization, in addition to our already stepped-up cleaning. New hours: Monday - Saturday 8 to 9 AM. – Reserved for seniors and people who are medically vulnerable ~ 9 AM to 1 PM – Open to the general public ~ 1 to 3 PM. – Closed for midday cleaning and restocking ~ 3 to 8 PM – Open to general public. Sunday 10 AM to 7 PM (no change) We will close the store to the public next Tuesday, for one day only, for cleaning and restocking. We hope this is a good schedule, but if necessary, we may change it again, due to customer demand and product supply.

The Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce is closely monitoring the rapidly evolving issues and recommendations related to coronavirus and our community’s mitigation strategies. At this time, we are following the advice given via health mandate from the State of Alaska: Encouraging individuals that are sick with a respiratory illness to stay home ~ Using audio/video conferencing for meetings ~ Practicing physical distancing strategies that include maintaining a 6-foot separation from others and postponing or canceling large gatherings. At this time, the Fairbanks Chamber staff is available through email, phone, and our website. Please call us at 452-1105 or email us at info@fairbankschamber.org if you have any questions. You can also visit our staff directory online to reach any of us directly.

Additional information regarding closures, cancellations, postponements or what's open can be emailed to marlenefogarty-phillips@iheartmedia.com

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