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Seward Press Release #26: Seward Providing Critical Support to American Seafoods Vessel

Post Date:07/19/2020 5:50 PM

PRESS RELEASE

 

For Immediate Release                                                                         Release # CV-26

July 19, 2020

 

City of Seward Providing Critical Support for American Seafoods Vessel

 

Seward, Alaska – An American Seafoods vessel, the American Triumph, arrived in Unalaska on Thursday with 119 persons on board. Seven crew members had reported symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and six of them tested positive shortly after arriving in Unalaska. All crew members were restricted to either the vessel or their isolation location while in Unalaska.

 

Testing and screening of the remaining 112 persons on board has been completed by personnel of the Iliuliuk Family & Health Services Clinic, resulting in an additional 79 individuals with positive tests. A total of 85 crew members have tested positive and 34 crew members tested negative.

 

Charter flights are in the process of transporting the 34 crew members with negative tests from Unalaska to Anchorage to begin a period of quarantine and symptom monitoring. The individuals testing positive will be sailing to Seward with American Seafoods medical support personnel on board. Departure from Unalaska is planned for late Sunday evening or early Monday morning, which will put them in Seward mid-day Wednesday.

 

Immediately upon docking in Seward, all crew aboard the American Triumph will load directly onto waiting buses to travel directly to their Anchorage isolation location for further care and monitoring. The vessel will remain in Seward’s port to be professionally cleaned and disinfected. Once the vessel cleaning is completed, a new skeleton crew that has been quarantining in Anchorage for 14 days will onboard. Arrangements have been made so that no members of the crew will depart the vessel while in port.

 

At the request of, and in coordination with, the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (COVID-19 Unified Command Critical Infrastructure Sustainment Branch), Kenai Peninsula Borough Emergency Management Services, American Seafoods, City of Unalaska, City of Seward, the Seward Medical Community and others, this plan was developed to save lives and provide medical intervention for the crew members aboard the American Triumph. The mitigation plan developed by all these parties was approved by Alaska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink and provides the necessary medical attention, isolation, and quarantine of the crew while assuring minimal risk to the community of Seward.

  

“Alaskans have a long legacy of helping those in need,” said Seward Mayor Christy Terry. “Seward is willing and able to respond to this request for assistance, knowing that risks have been mitigated to protect our community and our own health care system.” 
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City of Seward COVID-19 Response

A Community Message from Seward City Manager Scott Meszaros

The City of Seward is adopting the phase-in plan for reopening the State of Alaska and its individual communities.  Beginning April 24, 2020, the State of Alaska begins phase 1-A of its “Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan.”  The terms of this plan and its impact on Seward businesses can be found in State of Alaska Public Health Mandate 16, which is posted on the City website at www.cityofseward.us [see below].

As many Seward businesses move towards opened doors this weekend, please remember that our community remains vulnerable to COVID-19 and we must all continue to do our part to reduce the risk of infection among Seward’s residents and its visitors. 

In preparation for the City’s own reopening of public facilities and City offices, the City extended public facility closures until May 3, 2020. The City administration and staff will be working diligently to develop a responsible reopening plan for City offices before May 3rd. The purpose of such a plan will be to ensure the public health and safety when entering City-owned and operated facilities, as well as to protect City employees from COVID-19 exposure. 

While the City of Seward remains optimistic about the State of Alaska’s “Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan,” we will continue to diligently monitor the progression of COVID-19 within Seward and the social distancing and other measures necessary to combat it.  I would also like to express my sincere gratitude on behalf of the City to all the businesses who have submitted mutual aid agreements and/or posted business protocols and measures on their entrances.  Your collaboration and excellent corporate citizenship are essential during these difficult times. 

Thank you for keeping our residents and visitors safe.

Scott W. Meszaros, CM, CMC

Seward City Manager

 


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STATE Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan
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