NOVEL CORONAVIRUS

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Industry, and Unalaska, are continuing to adjust to the new realities of coronavirus. While there are still no confirmed cases in Unalaska—on Monday, the city increased its risk level to "high." In a press release, the city explained that the new level was in response to "confirmed community spread of the vi

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The City Council ratified Mayor Vince Tutiakoff Sr.'s declaration of a local emergency for Unalaska at a special council meeting Wednesday night.

City Manager Erin Reinders said the resolution declaring a public health emergency will allow her to take necessary actions to reduce the impact and spread of the coronavirus throughout the City of Unalaska.

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KUCB hosted a live call-in show on Friday to discuss coronavirus and Unalaska's preparedness efforts.

Guests included Iliuliuk Family and Health Services Clinic Director Melanee Tiura, Dr. Murray Buttner, Dr. Megan Sarnecki, and Acting Fire Chief Mike Hanson.

To listen to the full show, click below. 

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Updated 2/12/20 at 1:30 p.m.

A commercial cargo vessel coming from China arrived in Unalaska on Tuesday.

The U.S. Coast Guard is taking precautionary measures with the 711-foot boat in light of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in China, which has killed more than 1,000 people and prompted the declaration of a global health emergency from the World Health Organization.

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A virus that's killed at least 80 people in China has not reached Unalaska.

Iliuliuk Family and Health Services made that announcement last week after rumors of local infections spread on social media.

"There are no immediate concerns," said Dr. Megan Sarnecki, the clinic's medical director. "We have not had any cases where we think novel coronavirus caused the symptoms or the death of a patient in Unalaska."