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.”