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Sarah Spelsberg

Unalaska is the largest community in the state without a critical access hospital, with a population of 4,500 year-round residents that more than doubles during peak fishing seasons.

Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, medical workers and politicians were unsure how bad the pandemic would get. And concern over the availability of ventilators — machines that help a patient breathe or breathe for them — intensified.

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UniSea has seen five positive cases of the coronavirus among its employees and employee family members since late August.

That's largely due to an influx of about 100 new processing workers that the island's biggest seafood processor brought in to fill a gap in the market, according to UniSea President and CEO Tom Enlow. 

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City officials reported a new positive case of COVID-19 in Unalaska Friday, bringing the positive local case count to 101.

The individual testing positive is a UniSea employee and has been in quarantine since arriving on the island on Aug. 23, the city said in a statement. 

In compliance with the company's COVID-19 mitigation plan, the employee received a negative COVID-19 test before traveling to Unalaska, and the positive result was received at the mid-point of their quarantine period.

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The City of Unalaska reported a new positive case of COVID-19 Wednesday, bringing the positive local case count to 100. 

The individual testing positive is a family member of a UniSea employee, and has been in quarantine since arriving on the island by Dena'ina charter flight on Aug. 21, the city said in a statement. 

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

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Updated 08/25/20 at 12:30 p.m.

City officials reported a new positive case of COVID-19 in Unalaska Monday, bringing the positive local case count to 99.

The City of Unalaska reports that the individual who tested positive is an employee of UniSea and has been in quarantine since arriving in Unalaska by charter flight on Aug. 17.

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