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An Oregon man accused of distributing drugs after a series of overdoses in Unalaska in 2019 has died in prison.

 

Federal inmate Chopper Ellingsworth was pronounced dead at the Anchorage Correctional Complex last week, according to a statement from the Alaska Department of Corrections. His death is the second death to take place in DOC custody this year.

 

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Unalaska's Parks, Culture, and Recreation Center held its first ever virtual Summer Solstice Run this year.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the PCR's events this spring and summer have been either cancelled or drastically changed in order to observe local and statewide health mandates that require social distancing.

The Summer Solstice Run, which would normally happen in just a few hours, took place over the span of a week, and participants were asked to submit proof of time and participation virtually.

 

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COVID-19 has created a serious cash-flow problem for the health care system, particularly in rural areas. Unalaska's only clinic has faced financial issues for a long time, but the coronavirus pandemic has only exacerbated the problem.

Unalaska is the largest community in Alaska without a critical access hospital. The nearest emergency room is almost a thousand miles away. 

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As of Wednesday, there have been no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Alaska. But as the disease spreads throughout the Lower 48, communities across the state are preparing for outbreaks.

In Unalaska, a number of agencies and organizations—including the clinic, city, and fish processing plants—are working on a preparedness plan for the island.

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Updated 2/12/20 at 1:30 p.m.

A commercial cargo vessel coming from China arrived in Unalaska on Tuesday.

The U.S. Coast Guard is taking precautionary measures with the 711-foot boat in light of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in China, which has killed more than 1,000 people and prompted the declaration of a global health emergency from the World Health Organization.

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