Stay safe as COVID-19 cases spike with these tips!

July 23, 2021

With COVID-19 case numbers rising throughout the state and the Delta variant of the virus becoming more prominent, it’s important to remember the simple things we can each do to help minimize the risk to ourselves and others. 

The three W’s can help slow the spread of COVID-19: wear a mask, watch your distance and wash your hands.

Masks are currently no longer required for fully vaccinated individuals on the UAF and UAA campuses as well as the System Office, but they still are encouraged any time a safe distance cannot be maintained. Masks are required inside UAS buildings for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status.  

Those who are unvaccinated need to wear a mask when inside any UA, UAA, UAF or UAS building. Each university, and the system office, continue to monitor the case counts across the state and will keep their individual communities informed about policy updates and changes as they arise. 

The COVID-19 vaccine is readily available for all Alaskans ages 12 and up. 

Learn more about the safe and effective vaccine and how to get your shot at

Please stay home and seek medical attention if you have any of these symptoms not related to another medical condition:

  • Fever (100°F/38°C) or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Abnormal fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea or gastrointestinal discomfort

Or if in the last 14 days, you have been in close contact with somebody that tested positive for or exhibited symptoms of COVID-19. Close contact means being within six feet of another person for 15 minutes and you are not fully vaccinated.

Thank you for doing your part to keep our UA community safe!