COVID update: 7 June 2022
COVID case counts have been falling in Juneau over the past two weeks but remain high (>200 reported cases per 100k people per week). As a result the university has not fully relaxed it's COVID restrictions. At present, this means that the on-campus symposium activities will require masking and that the seats in the lecture hall will be spread out more than usual. Anybody that is not feeling well should not attend conference activities. Indoor masking elsewhere in Juneau is advised but not required.
We recommend that everybody takes a COVID test prior to traveling to Juneau and we ask that you take a COVID test the day that you begin participating in the conference and also halfway through the conference. We also ask that everybody brings some rapid tests with them, as the university has a limited number of rapid tests that they can distribute to people that are not feeling well. If you are not feeling well and do not have a rapid test with you, you will need to contact one of the conference organizers to have a rapid test delivered to you as they do not want people going into the distribution locations if they are feeling symptomatic.
For folks who are feeling symptomatic, there are a number of options if you would like to get a PCR test:
- Call the Bartlett Regional Hospital (BRH) Testing Hotline at (907) 586-6000 or register for a test online (insurance billed, no cost to patient)
- Visit Capstone Clinic at the Mendenhall Mall M-F, 10 am – 6 pm (insurance billed, no cost to patient)
- Call SEARHC at (907) 364-4451 (no patient cost for symptomatic/close contact testing)
- Call Juneau Urgent Care at 790-4111 or register for a test online (cost dependent on insurance)
If you have a COVID exposure and are fully vaccinated and boosted, you are not required to quarantine as long as you are asymptomatic. The CDC guidance is that you should take a COVID test 5 days after the exposure. If you are not fully vaccinated, then you are required to quarantine. The university website also has helpful information on what to do if you are exposed to COVID or test positive. UAS housing has some limited space for quarantining, if needed.
We understand that everybody has different tolerance levels regarding potential exposure to COVID. To help make your position clear, we will distribute colored stickers with the conference name tags that you can use to indicate your tolerance level to other conference attendees:
- Red: High Sensitivity, please keep your distance and keep masked
- Yellow: OK with < 2 m distance but no physical contact
- Green: Handshakes & hugs OK
We will also have hand sanitizer and a limited number of masks available.