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Atwood Building closing, positive test in building

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.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • This is really dumb! I can’t believe this crap anymore… We have to quit playing Pandemic and go about our normal daily lives. I’m over it!

    • It’d be really nice to have it be that emergencies and crises are over the minute folks are tired of dealing with them.

    • How does this affect you? Do you regularly visit the Atwood Building?

  • Zounds!!! Even Komrade Ethan cannot stop the virus!! The Health Department no less.

    BTW – ALL LIVES MATTER. If this statement offends someone, then that is their problem, not mine.

    • I agree that all lives matter. That’s why we should all wear masks in public.

  • You can’t stop this virus any effort is futile…herd immunity is the answer, all the rest is supposition ….. Wake up Governor!

    • Ed, surely within a week after the November election, God Forbid, the Democrats should win, this Covid Crisis will be declared over.

    • We may not be able to stop it, but we can limit it’s transmission through airborne respiratory droplets by wearing masks.

  • “Also today, six people at the Anchorage Health Department were diagnosed with COVID-19.”

    Absolutely priceless. Thanks.

  • “The individual is asymptomatic and was found through contact tracing.”
    This will be said about every person on the planet.

  • “tested positive for COVID-19. The individual is asymptomatic…” is not diagnosed. To be diagnosed you actually have symptoms, meaning you actually have an illness. Testing positive but not having any symptoms used to be called a false positive. This Pandemic game that they are playing is irrevocably damaging to us all and it needs to stop!

  • Remarkable coincidence, right after Governor D. told Mayor B. state employees didn’t have to wear fear masks in the state building…

    Might make an interesting article, Madam Editor, to contrast differences between Alaska’s and Sweden’s China flu management, what each does/did differently, how peoples’ lives and economies were affected in each country.
    .
    More than a few Americans simply don’t believe unelected government officials about China flu, especially in light of questionable “test” accuracy, clearly corrupted testing processes, and recent discoveries of “data stacking”.
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    So… why not report on a country where people don’t seem to be dropping like flies from China flu where government does not seem determined to wreck lives and economies… where mainstream media lies, government lies, corruption, mismanagement, and the Left’s obsession with deposing President Trump are not… pandemic?
    .
    Next time, maybe every time, the official Alaskan gloom-and-doom report comes out, do a side-by-side with Swedish numbers, let’s see what’s different.
    .
    Far from a pointless exercise, the information might show productive Alaskans just where our problem is, and what we have to fix, which very possibly has nothing to do with China flu, if we want our Pre-Panic lives, Constitutional freedoms, and economy back
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    … and we, not unelected officials, have to fix the problem.
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    Otherwise the coup’s complete. By doing nothing, we’ll have done our part to lose our country.
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    Good news is nobody’ll know it was us who lost it, because we’re all wearing our fear masks.

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