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American Seafoods reports 85 new cases of COVID-19 aboard Alaska trawler by Brian Hagenbuch July 21,2020   |  Source: National Fisherman

American Seafoods reported 85 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, July 20, aboard a trawler docked in Unalaska, Alaska. The company had confirmed six cases aboard the 285-foot American Triumph late last week, and over the weekend reported that mass testing on the factory trawler turned up another 79 positive tests.

According to a news release from American Seafoods, the American Triumph had been at sea since June 27, when it left the West Coast after fishing for Pacific whiting off the coasts of Washington and Oregon and headed north for the summer pollock season on the Bering Sea.

The Anchorage Daily News reported that the seven crew members experienced symptoms two weeks after the ship left the West Coast. The boat docked in the Unalaska port of Dutch Harbor on Thursday, July 16, and tests revealed that six of those seven workers had COVID-19, prompting the company to test all 119 employees aboard the vessel.

“We are moving expeditiously to relocate our crew and get them the care they need. I want to thank the Illiuliuk Family and Health Services, the City of Unalaska Unified Command, and the public health and critical infrastructure professionals in Alaska who provided us with support and clear guidance,” American Seafoods CEO Mikel Durham said in the news

 

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