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While Alaska leads the country in vaccine allocations per capita, Unalaska is lagging behind other communities in the state. 

The city reported Monday that the major fishing port, which hosts 4,500 year-round residents and nearly doubles in population during peak fishing seasons, has given less than 900 first doses of the vaccine since they first became available in December.

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The City of Unalaska lowered its local COVID-19 risk factor to "medium" Monday. That's following two weeks without a new case stemming from community spread and a decrease in the overall number of new and active cases. 

And the City Council could ease some of the island's COVID-19 health mandates at a special meeting Wednesday at noon. 

Feds Approve $50M Pandemic Relief For Alaska's Fishing Sector

Mar 1, 2021
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Alaska's plan to pay out nearly $50 million to the fishing industry for pandemic relief has been approved by the federal government. 

That's after two major revisions and more than 200 public comments from every industry sector.

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The Unalaska City School District is now in its fourth week of a mix between in-person and home-based learning. Groups of students have returned to their classrooms in the afternoons, Monday through Thursday, while working remotely in the mornings.   

And while most of the district's younger students are attending afternoon in-person classes, only about a third of upperclassmen have chosen to return, according to district officials.

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Unalaska officials have reduced the number of days travelers to the island must quarantine upon arrival. 

Updated federal guidance recommends incoming travelers quarantine for at least a week with a negative COVID-19 test taken no sooner than their sixth day.