COVID-19 infects 21 at Alaska salmon processor and that number could rise

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Workers at Alaska Glacier Seafoods tested positive for virus over the weekend.

Last week, Alaska Glacier Seafoods Vice President Jim Erickson told KTOO that the seafood processor (which includes king, chinook, chum and pink salmon) had done everything it could to make sure workers arriving in Juneau, Alaska, USA, do not bring COVID-19 with them.

But despite mandatory COVID-19 screening, two-week quarantines for out-of-state staff, the virus hit the facility over the weekend.

Another 21 employees of Alaska Glacier Seafoods in Juneau tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend, reports Alaska Public Media. Forty results are still pending.

The publication wrote that health officials traced the first case back to a Juneau resident.

Last week, Alaska Glacier Seafoods vice president and co-owner Jim Erickson explained the uphill battle he faces: “Unfortunately, you can be contagious for days prior to showing symptoms. That’s what makes this disease so hard to get in front of.”