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Unalaska's clinic will soon have two different types of "rapid" COVID-19 testing devices — the Abbott IDNow system and the Cepheid GeneXpert IV-2 Molecular system. 

Two systems may seem redundant. But Melanee Tiura, clinic director of Iliuliuk Family and Health Services (IFHS), said it's important to note there are national shortages for both the testing systems and the testing supplies. By using two different systems, the clinic hopes to be able to source adequate testing supplies to meet community and industry needs. 

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An explosion at one of Alaska's most active volcanoes has led scientists to raise its alert level from "advisory" to "watch."

Cleveland Volcano is located on an uninhabited island in the central Aleutians. On Monday afternoon, the Alaska Volcano Observatory detected a short-lived explosion that was also heard by residents of Nikolski, 45 miles away.

Chris Waythomas is a geologist with the observatory, and he said this is common behavior for the often-restless volcano.