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March 12, 2020
TO: University of Alaska Community
FROM: Jim Johnsen
SUBJECT: Major Updates to UA’s COVID-19 Response
This week has brought major changes in the international, national and state response and characterization of the COVID-19 situation. The World Health Organization has officially characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic. President Trump has restricted travel to the U.S. from much of Europe, and Gov. Dunleavy has declared a public health emergency.
While there are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Alaska, prevention is critical. In an effort to do everything we can to help keep our university communities safe and help slow the spread of the coronavirus we have convened the university’s Incident Management Team and—after consultation with the Chair of the Board of Regents, the chancellors, union and governance leaders—I have determined that the following steps are in the best interest of our communities:
More details on these changes are attached and will also be available on our University of Alaska coronavirus website. Please also look for more information from your chancellors next week regarding specific details for each university, and please stay alert for additional changes.
The chancellors and I recognize that these changes will present significant challenges to our students and their families, and our employees. Please know that this decision was made after much deliberation, relying on expert advice from public health agencies and the experiences of other universities nationwide. Our primary concern is and will continue to be the safety of our students and employees. Thank you for your patience, perseverance and teamwork as we work through the incredible challenges posed by this situation.