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Unalaska moves to ‘substantial’ risk following surge in local COVID-19 cases


Unalaska’s local risk factor has increased to “substantial” due to a rise in local COVID-19 cases.

Since Friday, the city has reported 12 new cases of the virus. This brings the island’s total to 27 active community cases, up from 18 last week. There are also 20 industry cases currently in quarantine, according to city officials.

Unalaska will remain at the substantial threshold — which is the third level in its updated four-level plan — for a period of two weeks, the city said in a statement. After that, the local risk factor will be reevaluated.

The city is currently three community cases away from moving into high risk.

In light of the city’s news, starting Tuesday, city facilities normally open to the public will be available by appointment only. Visit the data hub on the city’s website for a list of facility contact information and hours.

Hope McKenney is a public radio news director, reporter, producer and host based in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska.
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