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Seward Press Release #29: OBI Seafoods Taking Measures To Protect Seward Residents

Post Date:07/24/2020 4:20 PM

PRESS RELEASE

 

For Immediate Release                                                                              Release # CV-29

July 24, 2020

 

OBI Seafoods Taking Measures To Protect Seward Residents

 

Seward, Alaska – As of today, OBI Seafoods in Seward has identified 98 positive COVID-19 cases, and most of those individuals have already been transported to Anchorage for company-provided medical oversight and monitored isolation. There were 11 local Seward resident employees of OBI included in that number, nine of whom have chosen to remain in Seward for their isolation period rather than transfer to Anchorage with the others. The Seward resident employees are being isolated in their homes, and are being closely monitored and supported by OBI medical personnel and the Seward Community Health Center. None of the 98 employees have been hospitalized, and the majority of them are asymptomatic.

 Today, the DHSS Division of Public Health informed the City of Seward that contact tracing for all positive Seward OBI employees has been completed, and anyone who may have been a close contact of the employees has been informed. All employees who tested negative have been re-tested, and will continue to be tested every three days until no additional positive cases are identified. All employees who tested negative are currently under quarantine, and those who live in company housing are being monitored by a company medical provider. In addition, OBI has expanded their testing program to include the household members of employees.

 Out of an abundance of caution, upon learning of the first positive case, OBI immediately closed the processing facility for deep cleaning and disinfection. The facility continues to operate as a closed campus. OBI is in constant communication with the State of Alaska Section of Epidemiology and Unified Command, as well as the City of Seward and local healthcare providers.

 All residents of Seward and the surrounding community are encouraged to make thoughtful decisions relating to their health and safety: maintain a six foot distance, wear a mask, wash your hands, avoid large gatherings, and keep your social bubble small.

 If you believe you have even mild symptoms, or think you may have been exposed to one of the individuals who has tested positive, please contact your healthcare provider for screening and instructions. Several healthcare facilities in Seward remain poised to provide testing, including Seward Community Health Center, Providence Seward Medical Center, Glacier Family Medicine, and North Star. Anyone wishing to be tested is encouraged to call ahead to make an appointment.

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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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City of Seward COVID-19 Emergency Documents

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Seward Harbor and Travel Related STATE Mandates
STATE Mandate 017 - Independent Commercial Fishing Vessels
STATE Reopening Guidance - Charter Fishing Vessels
STATE Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan
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COVID-19 Information Sources
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Coping with the COVID-19 Situation