Alaska’s Rural Fishing Communities Are Now On The Front Lines Of COVID-19

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As thousands of workers flow into remote parts of the state for the start of the season, a patchwork of rules and a lack of enforcement has locals worried.

“The people that are alive now are the children and grandchildren of the orphans who survived,” Hurley said.

The state has not said how many positive cases in an individual seafood cannery would be enough to raise the possibility of shutting it down. Larson said that Dillingham’s police force has written a handful of citations for quarantine violations so far. State troopers won’t be enforcing Dillingham’s quarantine requirements, either, Lt. Paul Fussy, the state troopers’ liaison for emergency management, said on the May 29 call.


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