UAA COVID-19 Response

Important Information at a glance

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Find guidance to frequently asked questions generated by students, faculty and staff.

Masks

The UAA mask policy recommends staff, faculty, students and visitors to campus wear a mask indoors when the community where the campus resides is in orange status according to the CDC community levels. While in the orange status, the policy reads:

  • Masks are recommended in indoor spaces.

  • Masks are optional for outdoor spaces.

When in the yellow or green status, masks will be optional inside all UAA facilities at all UAA campuses — including classrooms, residential buildings, offices, cubicles, in campus vehicles with others and outside.

If you feel more comfortable wearing a mask for the safety of others or for yourself, please do so. Those who feel more comfortable wearing a mask should do so; those who prefer not to wear a mask should also feel comfortable with that choice; and everyone should respect those decisions.

UAA will continue to supply masks in our buildings at no charge.

If you exhibit symptoms of sickness or have been exposed to COVID-19, please work or participate remotely.

Quarantine and Isolation

UAA is adhering to the CDC guidelines on quarantine and isolation.

Regardless of vaccination status, you should isolate from others when you have COVID-19. You should also isolate if you are sick and suspect that you have COVID-19 but do not yet have test results. If you get tested and your results are positive, follow the full isolation recommendations on the CDC site.

For additional information, refer to the COVID-19 Scenarios page.

Reporting COVID-19 Cases

We are no longer requiring those in the UAA community to contact Environmental Health & Safety and Risk Management if they test positive for COVID-19. However, if you have a question or need advice, call 907-786-1300 or email EHSRM.

Vaccination

COVID-19 vaccines are available for UAA students and employees by appointment at the Student Health and Counseling Center (SHCC).

Call 907-786-4050 to schedule your vaccination appointment with SHCC.

We encourage you to get vaccinated! Visit covidvax.alaska.gov to view all providers. For additional information and resources, visit the UA Vaccine Information page. Vaccination remains are most effective tool against COVID-19.

University Travel

  • No special approval required for unvaccinated people on UA-sponsored travel: Going forward, travel approvals will be the same for all travelers regardless of vaccination status.

Building Access

  • The Anchorage campus is open to all faculty, staff and students via WolfCard access.

    • Employees and students who do not currently have a WolfCard should obtain one from the University Cashiering Office in Eugene Short Hall or the UAA/APU Consortium Library. WolfCards are required to access campus facilities since our buildings are not yet broadly open to the public. You can obtain a WolfCard at the Consortium Library and at the Cashiering Office in Eugene Short Hall. New students must be within 10 days of the semester’s start before they can get a card.

  • UAA will expand access to campus facilities and in-person events beginning April 4, 2022.

Student Health and Counseling Center

The UAA Student Health and Counseling Center (SHCC) is is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. SHCC is keeping abreast of both state and federal guidance on public health issues related to COVID-19. Call 907-786-4050 for more information or to make an appointment. The center:

  • Recommends everyone get their COVID-19 vaccine before the start of spring semester! The Pfizer vaccine are available at the health center by appointment for anyone affiliated with the University of Alaska.

  • Provides COVID-19 testing for students and specified essential personnel.

  • Provides in-person health care services to students for physical exams and visits for illnesses or injuries. Some types of physical health appointments can be provided via telehealth if the student prefers.

  • Provides mental health care in-person or via telehealth. Medication management visits are primarily done in person. Telehealth sessions are conducted through HIPAA-compliant video conferencing.

  • Supports Residence Life/Housing with guidance for safe living arrangements and to assist any residential student who tests positive for COVID-19 or has been exposed to a person with COVID-19.

Please note: Masks are required for all SHCC patients and for employees when interacting with patients, regardless of vaccination status. CDC guidance recommends that employees and patients in health centers should continue to be masked to prevent the inadvertent spread of COVID-19.

Alaska COVID ENX

We invite you to use a smartphone tool called Exposure Notification Express (ENX), now available on iOS and Android.

ENX will improve the ability to slow community spread of COVID-19 by empowering Alaskans to act quickly if they come into contact with an individual who later tests positive for the virus. The tool is completely voluntary and anyone in Alaska can use it.

To opt in, turn on Exposure Notifications in your iPhone settings or download the Alaska COVID ENX app in the Google Play store.

Learn more at enx.alaska.edu.

questions?

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