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Seward Press Release #30: Two New Cases in Seward This Weekend plus Update on OBI Seafoods

Post Date:07/27/2020 5:10 PM


 For Immediate Release                                                                             Release # CV-30

July 27, 2020


City of Seward Report Two New COVID-19 Cases &

Delivers Update On OBI Seafoods


Seward, Alaska – Today, the City of Seward is reporting that there were two new cases of COVID-19 reported over the weekend for all healthcare facilities in Seward.


Update on OBI Seafoods


Last Friday, OBI Seafoods in Seward reported that all employees who tested negative would be re-tested every three days until no additional positive cases were identified, and that all employees who tested negative remained under quarantine. As a result of that aggressive re-testing regimen, today OBI Seafoods is reporting they identified 45 additional positive cases over the weekend. The company transported 43 of those individuals to Anchorage over the weekend, while two local employees have remained in Seward for isolation and treatment under company provided medical care.  


Another round of testing was administered today, per the re-testing protocols and in the continuing effort to mitigate the spread throughout the employee base. The results of those tests will be known in the coming days. The next round of re-testing will occur on Thursday.


OBI now has an additional medical provider in Seward to monitor the total of 11 local positive cases that remain in the community, in addition to the on-site EMT who is monitoring the close contacts in company housing.  

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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 [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
Concerned You Have COVID-19?
COVID-19 Information Sources
211 Information
Coping with the COVID-19 Situation