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Unalaska’s mask mandate expires as island sees drop in COVID-19 cases

Unalaska October
Theo Greenly
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KUCB
As of Wednesday, there were just three active community-acquired cases, according to city officials, down from a peak of 30 in September.

Unalaska’s mask mandate expired at noon on Wednesday, as local COVID-19 cases continue to decline.

City council members voted unanimously at their Tuesday meeting to “encourage” face coverings, as opposed to requiring them. The city had enforced a mask requirement since Aug. 25, when the community experienced a surge of confirmed COVID-19 cases. At its peak, the city reported 30 cases of the virus.

As of Wednesday, there were just three active community-acquired cases, according to city officials.

Vice Mayor Dennis Robinson said he considers the reduced case count as evidence the mask mandate was effective.

“Nobody likes wearing a mask, but it is proven to work. And we are proof that it does work,” he said.

The City Council is expected to review community-wide COVID-19 protective measures at its next regular meeting on Oct. 26.

Theo Greenly reports from the Aleutians as a Report for America corps member. He got his start in public radio at KCRW in Santa Monica, California, and has produced radio stories and podcasts for stations around the country.
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