Iliuliuk Family and Health Services

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Updated 6/4/20 at 8 p.m.

Unalaska officials have reported a third local case of COVID-19, after announcing the city's first two Wednesday.

The three cases are employees of Icicle Seafoods, and they've been in quarantine since arriving on private charter planes a week ago, said City Manager Erin Reinders.

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The City of Unalaska has confirmed its first local cases of COVID-19. Two seafood industry workers tested positive for the virus on Wednesday.

The two men are employees at Icicle Seafoods, and have been in quarantine since arriving in Unalaska seven days ago, said City Manager Erin Reinders.

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In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses and organizations have had to adapt to a new way of conducting business. Unalaska's clinic is no exception. 

Iliuliuk Family and Health Services' (IFHS) most profitable revenue stream is through primary care visits. But because of coronavirus-related restrictions, those visits have dropped drastically in the past few months.

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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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Alaska health officials have allowed fishing companies' workers to wait out a two-week post-travel quarantine in close quarters on their fishing boats, even after authorities denied a similar proposal by a North Slope oil company. 

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