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Clinic officials say Unalaska has been “very, very lucky” when it comes to COVID-19 testing supplies, especially as the state is seeing an uptick in cases, and communities across the country face supply shortages.  

According to Dr. Murray Buttner, a family medicine physician with Iliuliuk Family and Health Services, Unalaska’s clinic received a shipment of 10,000 test kits from the state last week. 

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The Alaska Peninsula village of King Cove has confirmed an individual tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday.

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After nearly a month without a reported case of COVID-19 on the island, the City of Unalaska confirmed Friday that an individual has tested positive for the virus. 

The unnamed person is a UniSea employee and has been in quarantine since arriving in Unalaska via commercial flight on Oct. 7, according to a press release from the city. 

The individual is being monitored by staff from Iliuliuk Family and Health Services, and contact tracing is underway. 


Unalaska's clinic is one of two community health centers in the state now involved in contact tracing efforts.


According to Melanee Tiura, chief executive officer of Iliuliuk Family and Health Services, six members of the clinic team — including herself — signed an agreement through the Alaska Primary Care Association to become contact tracers through the state. The IFHS team went live with contact tracing on Thursday.


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About 450 households in Unalaska will be receiving a utility credit through the end of the year. 

On Sept. 22, the Unalaska City Council approved the credit to certain residential utility customers in the amount of $2,070, which will be issued through monthly credits of $690 in September, October, and November. 

The first credit will show up on the September usage bill, which customers will receive in early October, according to Jim Sharpe, interim finance director for the city.