public health

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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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The City of Unalaska has confirmed its first local cases of COVID-19. Two seafood industry workers tested positive for the virus on Wednesday.

The two men are employees at Icicle Seafoods, and have been in quarantine since arriving in Unalaska seven days ago, said City Manager Erin Reinders.

A company that fishes in the North Pacific and Bering Sea is testing crew members on two more vessels after more than 80 people on a different ship tested positive for COVID-19 in recent days.

Crew members on two American Seafoods trawlers – 114 on the American Triumph and 117 on the Northern Jaeger – are being tested for COVID-19 as a precautionary measure, the company said.