Bristol Bay announces 3 additional cases of COVID-19 since Friday

Jun 1, 2020

Two of the individuals were tested at Camai Health Center's walk-up clinic, and the third person was tested in Dillingham and is currently self-isolating. 

Dillingham harbor. April 20, 2020.
Credit Isabelle Ross/KDLG

Three new cases of COVID-19 were announced in Bristol Bay in the past week. 

Two individuals tested positive at Camai Health Center’s walk-up clinic, according to the health center’s announcement.  Clinic director Mary Swain says these two will not be recorded as positive cases in the Bristol Bay Borough, because “they are not local residents.” 

"One is an Alaska resident and the other is out of state," Swain said. "We called the employer to let them know what was happening and that we wanted anyone in their camp to come down so we could have them tested. Both patients were completely asympotomatic they have no symptoms."

The third positive test is an out-of-state worker involved with the fishing industry, according to a May 30 announcement from the City of Dillingham. That individual was at the end of a 14-day quarantine in Dillingham and was isolated within 30 minutes of confirmation from the State Lab in Anchorage. That case joins 27 other positive cases announced on Sunday, May 31 — the largest single day increase in cases in Alaska to date.

Contact investigations are currently underway for the three cases. 

There are now five confirmed cases of COVID-19 tied to Bristol Bay. The first confirmed case was an out-of-state Trident Seafood worker. The second was a resident of the Chignik area who tested positive in Anchorage and isolated there.

This story has been updated to reflect additional reporting.

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