Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce holds COVID-19-driven luncheon

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTF) The Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce continues to host weekly business luncheons, but as web events. At the Carlson Center Tuesday afternoon, the COVID-19-driven luncheon addressed the community's mitigation strategies, featuring words from members of Foundation Health Partners, doctors Angelique Ramirez and Mishelle Nace.

The Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce continues to host their weekly business luncheons, but as web events. This week's COVID-19-driven discussion included words from members of Foundation Health Partners at the Tanana Valley Clinic. (Alaska Universal Productions)

Topics of discussion included "flattening the curve", the economic impact in town, and the role of businesses during this time, including having employees work from home when possible.

Fairbanks, like every other community, is trying to get ahead of the coronavirus pandemic, before supplies and demand become stretched too thin.

"The question is, 'how many ventilators do we have in our community and will it meet the demand? The answer is, there are not enough ventilators if we don't take steps now," Dr. Nace said, a pediatrician for Foundation Health Partners.

Alaska, unique and different in many ways from other parts of the world, is susceptible in following the same trends as the global community.

"We are not different," Dr. Nace said. "We are at the same place. So, when you look at how our curve is, how their curve is, if we don't take action now, our curve has the potential to look just like Italy's."

The next Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce luncheon is scheduled for March 31 at noon, discussing "Port of Alaska modernization program update."

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