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2 essential workers test positive for COVID-19 in St. Paul, bringing island case count to 7

Hope McKenney

The City of St. Paul says two essential workers tested positive for COVID-19 Monday, after flying into the community. The tests were performed at the local health center as part of the city’s travel testing requirements, according to a city statement. Both people must isolate for 10 days in designated quarantine housing.

The city says everyone else on the plane with the two workers tested negative, and there were no other close contacts.

The remote Pribilof community of about 370 residents has reported just seven COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, the first in April of this year. Four of the infections were in essential workers, including Monday’s. Two were residents and one was a nonresident.

Over 90% of St. Paul residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to city officials. They didn’t specify the vaccination status of the two workers who tested positive this week.

The city’s local risk factor remains at medium.

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