ALSO, SIX AT ANCHORAGE HEALTH DEPARTMENT GET COVID-19
Only janitorial personnel and security will be in the Atwood Building, which is the main state office building in Anchorage, for the remainder of the day.
This morning, the Dunleavy Administration was notified that a worker in the building tested positive for COVID-19. The individual is asymptomatic and was found through contact tracing.
In an effort to protect state employees and the public, Gov. Mike Dunleavy ordered the building closed at noon Friday, July 24, 2020.
Janitorial staff will conduct a thorough cleaning of the entire building this weekend so the Atwood can reopen on Monday, July 27, 2020.
This is not the first case of COVID-19 among the workforce in the Atwood Building, according to the Anchorage Daily News, which reported someone in DNR who had contracted the virus. But the building was not closed for that incident.
The mask mandate went into effect in all state office buildings on Thursday. Sources report that even before the mandate, most of the workers in the Atwood Building were wearing masks.
Also today, six people at the Anchorage Health Department were diagnosed with COVID-19.