COVID-19: 3/15 Update to UA Travel Policy

by Cathy Sandeen, UAA Chancellor  |   

Dear UAA Community,

Earlier this evening, you received an email from President Johnsen with updated guidance on the University of Alaska’s travel policy in light of the potential spread of COVID-19. According to this revised policy, if you have traveled anywhere outside Alaska within the past 14 days, you must avoid all UA facilities and self-observe until the full 14-day waiting period is complete.

For example, if you returned from travel outside Alaska four days ago, you need to self-observe at home for 10 more days before returning to the UAA campus.

The Statewide office has instituted this proactive measure to prevent the further spread of this illness. As of today, Sunday, March 15, Alaska still reports just one case in-state and no community transmissions. We can help flatten the curve of COVID-19 spread by participating fully in prevention measures.

This flyer from the UA statewide office explains this latest directive. It will be posted in a variety of places across campus. We appreciate your help to spread the word to friends and colleagues. Please contact your supervisor right away if this applies to you to discuss work-at-home arrangements during the self-observation period. Many of you are also affected by school closures for the next two weeks. Please also reach out to your supervisor on that topic to discuss an alternate work schedule due to childcare needs if necessary.

As this situation evolves, we will continue to send guidance via email. You can also visit the university’s coronavirus response website. The FAQs are being updated frequently, and there is a form you can use to submit questions you may have. The form is serving as a single entry point so that we can better track and respond to questions, which are many at this time.

I sincerely appreciate your cooperation during this rapidly evolving environment.

Sincerely,
Cathy Sandeen
UAA Chancellor

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