M/V TUSTUMENA

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The Alaska Marine Highway System will now require that all passengers (over the age of two) provide proof of a negative result from a COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of boarding its ferries. 

The new protocol was announced after an AMHS employee aboard the M/V Tustumena's first sailing of the season tested positive for the virus in Unalaska on June 6.

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Six more crew members aboard the M/V Tustumena have tested positive for COVID-19, state officials said Tuesday. That brings the total number of COVID-19 positive crew members on the Alaska Marine Highway System vessel to seven.

Over the weekend, a crew member on the state ferry tested positive for coronavirus in Unalaska after showing mild symptoms, just hours after the vessel arrived on the island. 

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Sailings for the M/V Tustumena will resume later this month, according to the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.  

Initially, on Monday,  the DOT said it would cancel all of the state ferry's sailings "indefinitely" after a crew member on the Tustumena tested positive for COVID-19. The positive result came just hours after the vessel arrived in Unalaska Saturday.  

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Updated 06/07/2020 at 10 a.m.   

The Tustumena's sailing from Unalaska to the mainland was canceled Saturday after a crew member tested positive for COVID-19 after the state ferry's arrival from Homer. 

 

That's according to state Department of Transportation officials that said a crew member developed mild symptoms including a runny nose, cough, and body aches, but they did not have a fever during the voyage along the Aleutian Chain. 

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The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) has limited the number of passengers allowed on its ferries due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each vessel may only carry up to one third of its passenger capacity. 

The M/V Tustumena is scheduled to travel four times this summer along the Aleutian Chain route, with its first scheduled departure from Unalaska on Saturday, June 6.

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