Fishing towns hoping they could dodge the coronavirus bullet got a wake-up call this month.

Until two weeks ago.

That’s when cases at fish processing plants began shooting up from a few dozen to more than 360, with spikes in Seward, Juneau and Anchorage, plus an outbreak aboard a factory trawler on the Aleutian Island chain.

In the state’s largest city, things are expected to worsen.

“With so many workers now testing positive, it is likely that this outbreak has been in progress for some time and that transmission has already occurred among family, friends and others in the community,” Dr. Bruce Chandler, the Anchorage health department’s chief medical officer, said in a statement. Continue reading

Indian Country Today – COVID spikes at Alaska fish processing plants raise alarm

Photo credit: Men unloading fish that had been iced down to stay chilled, Cordova. (Photo by Brandon Blake, Copper River Seafoods)