March 5, 2020| Categories: Fairbanks Museum, What's Happening

Your health and safety come first, and we’re taking every precaution to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We hope to reopen on Saturday, April 4. We’ll post updates and the latest news here — please check back.

While our doors are closed for general visits, we’re at work delivering Eye on the Sky weather forecasts and developing new ways to reach students with remote learning tools.

Each week, we plan to hold a FREE public class online on COVID-19, any important updates, and related topics. We will also be reaching out to our partners in surrounding school districts to organize and teach K-8 classes online. Find details and updates here.

It’s our responsibility to protect everyone who visits the Fairbanks Museum, and we’re paying close attention to updates about the coronavirus (COVID-19). We want you to know we’ve already been keeping our classrooms and galleries safe by:

  • Wiping often-touched surfaces with hospital-grade disinfectant each morning;
  • Encouraging hand washing and cough containment in every class; and
  • Displaying signs about effective hygiene to safeguard against the spread of infection.

In addition, our role as science educators leads us to be outspoken about ways everyone can decrease the risk of becoming sick. Here are the most effective ways to keep germs at bay:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Keep your hands away from your mouth, nose, and eyes.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are touched often.
  • Stay home when you are sick and seek medical care.

Know the facts about COVID-19 and check these links for the latest information about symptoms and your risk of exposure:

We’re in touch with health officials to keep you informed and safe.

Science is at the center of health and safety concerns, as we learn more about how COVID-19 spreads among and affects people. We’re paying close attention to discoveries about this new strain of virus, and we’re eager to keep you informed with data-driven information to contain infections.

Here are a few things to keep in mind as you consider strategies for your homes, workplaces, communities, and extended family:

  • The data on over 70,000 people in China who contracted the infection indicate this infection is especially severe among those 70 years and older and those with pre-existing conditions (e.g. cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic lung disease, cancer, high blood pressure).
  • So many safety measures are already incorporated into our everyday lives: it’s easy to wash hands in public places, cover coughs, maintain distance during meetings, avoid unnecessary travel, and it’s fun to give elbow bumps instead of handshakes.
  • This is a time to think of neighbor helping neighbor. How can you help protect those who are older or have preexisting health conditions? In addition to washing hands and covering your cough, consider helping vulnerable neighbors avoid crowds by picking up groceries or prescriptions for them.
  • It’s critical to keep health workers safe. They are at the front lines, and we can support their efforts by taking responsible steps to stay contain the spread of germs.

Everyone is welcome to join us for online museum programming. We’ll be hosting weekly sessions on the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 at 1 PM on Wednesdays. We’ll also host K-8 classes each day of the week. Find out more details here.

Keep safe. Keep learning. Be kind.

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