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The Unalaska City Council voted unanimously to extend the city's declaration of a local emergency during its meeting last Tuesday. The declaration will expire at the end of June next year. 

"With the start of 'A' season, with flu season underway, with hospital beds and use on the rise, with cases on the rise — I think there are plenty of rational reasons why we would want to go to that June 30 deadline," said City Manager Erin Reinders. "It'll [help] keep it on everyone's radar that this is for the long haul and we all need to remain diligent in our efforts."

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Updated 11/10/2020 at 4:50 p.m.


Officials in Unalaska confirmed on Tuesday the first case of community spread of COVID-19.  


In a statement, Unalaska's Unified Command says an unnamed individual had tested positive who had no history of recent travel; how the person became infected has not yet been determined. 


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Unalaska city officials reported a new case of COVID-19 on Friday. 

The individual who tested positive for the virus is an employee of Offshore Systems, Inc. (OSI). According to a statement from the company, the individual is asymptomatic and has been in quarantine since arriving on the island by commercial flight on Oct. 22. 

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A new positive test for COVID-19 was reported in Unalaska on Wednesday.

The individual is a UniSea employee and has been in quarantine since arriving on the island via commercial flight on Saturday, Oct. 31, city officials said in a statement.

The individual is now in isolation and is being monitored by staff from Iliuliuk Family and Health Services, and contact tracing is underway.



Clinic officials say Unalaska has been “very, very lucky” when it comes to COVID-19 testing supplies, especially as the state is seeing an uptick in cases, and communities across the country face supply shortages.  

According to Dr. Murray Buttner, a family medicine physician with Iliuliuk Family and Health Services, Unalaska’s clinic received a shipment of 10,000 test kits from the state last week.