The coronavirus (COVID-19) is raising concerns in the Pacific Northwest and worldwide.
The Program and Executive Committees met recently and evaluated all the information and data available regarding the novel coronavirus. While there are no confirmed cases of the virus in Alaska (as of this writing), experts are cautioning that the virus could spread rapidly in the coming weeks. Many Alaska schools will be returning from spring break next week, with some of those individuals returning from travel outside of Alaska. The scientific community is in agreement that proactive measures such as social distancing and limiting large gatherings, in addition to washing your hands, are imperative to slowing the spread of the virus and reducing the strain on our healthcare system so that it can best respond to the most critical cases.
Given the uncertainty surrounding the virus’ spread in coming weeks and the concern for the elderly and most vulnerable in our communities around the state, the Alaska Chapter of AFS has decided to follow the advice of leading scientists and are taking the proactive measure to cancel this year’s meeting in Fairbanks.
Opportunity for a Virtual Meeting
We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause for our membership and we are disappointed we will not have the opportunity to learn from one another in person. However, we would like to explore the possibility of hosting a virtual meeting (the same week) for either one or two days. Please fill out this survey so that we may gauge interest in this opportunity.
If you have already registered for the conference, we will be issuing refunds to you shortly. Please contact meeting chair, Stephanie Quinn-Davidson (firstname.lastname@example.org), if you have any troubles receiving a refund.
Again, we apologize for the inconvenience this decision may cause for our members. Please care for one another and be sure to take measures to disinfect commonly used items and wash your hands.
We will provide initial information on the 2021 meeting later this spring.
If you have any additional questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to meeting chair, Stephanie Quinn-Davidson (email@example.com).