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Two North Pacific and Bering Sea trawlers have reported COVID-19 among more than two dozen crew members. That's a tally of more than 100 people on different open ocean fishing vessels that have tested positive for the virus in recent days. 

The American Seafoods ships are currently moored in Bellingham, Washington, and are expected to depart for their home port of Seattle on Saturday, company spokesperson Suzanne Lagoni said Friday. 

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Prosecutors have filed felony charges against the Unalaska teenager who was behind the wheel in last year's fatal car crash off Mount Ballyhoo.

An Anchorage grand jury indicted 19-year-old Dustin Ruckman on Friday for allegedly causing the deaths of passengers Karly McDonald, 16, and Kiara Renteria Haist, 18. 

Ruckman was indicted on two counts of manslaughter, two counts of criminally negligent homicide, and  one count of reckless driving. 

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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 results of outstanding COVID-19 tests on an American Seafoods trawler have come back, according to the company.

Earlier this week, 86 crew members on the American Dynasty – a 272-foot factory trawler based out of Seattle – tested positive for the virus, but nine tests were still outstanding.

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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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