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A virus that's killed at least 80 people in China has not reached Unalaska.

Iliuliuk Family and Health Services made that announcement last week after rumors of local infections spread on social media.

"There are no immediate concerns," said Dr. Megan Sarnecki, the clinic's medical director. "We have not had any cases where we think novel coronavirus caused the symptoms or the death of a patient in Unalaska."

Berett Wilber/KUCB

A series of overdoses in Unalaska last month, including one fatality, has led to the arrests of two Oregon men on federal drug charges.

Both Michael Hindman and Chopper Ellingsworth pleaded not guilty last week to conspiracy to distribute heroin and methamphetamine through the U.S. Postal Service.

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Unalaska police are investigating a fatal heroin overdose that killed a 26-year-old fisherman last month.

Interim Police Chief John Lucking said Per Nyhammer, of Bothell, Washington, was found unresponsive in a room at the Grand Aleutian Hotel on Oct. 16.

"We lost a young man who was a fisherman and a long-term person in the community who'd come in and out," said Lucking. "Facts and circumstances seem to indicate that this might have been an overdose from a self-induced drug consumption."

Megan Thomson-Dean

It's been almost a month since a plane crashed at Unalaska's airport, killing one passenger and injuring more than a dozen others.

The accident required a major emergency response involving city staffers and volunteers, members of UniSea's safety team, and many others. While it was a big task for the community, local officials have said they're pretty happy with the effort.

Berett Wilber

This month's episode of Happy Healthy Unalaska discussed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Host M. Lynn Crane was joined by Sarah Mielke, who recently lead a training program for Unalaska's first responders.  They discussed the impact that trauma has on the body and mind, healthy coping mechanisms, how to help yourself and others who may be experiencing PTSD, and resources for support. 

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