Positive COVID-19 test suspends work at Wrangell seafood processor

    A view of Wrangell, Alaska.

    Wrangell, Alaska (KINY) - Sealevel Seafoods in Wrangell was notified late Friday that one worker at its Wrangell facility has tested positive for COVID-19.

    Following the protocols set forth in Sealevel's Alaska COVID-19 response plan that was filed with the state and city, the worker tested negative prior to traveling to Alaska, tested negative a second time within 48 hours of arrival in Wrangell, and was tested for a third time midway through his modified quarantine period.

    This third test produced a positive result for COVID-19 despite the individual reporting no symptoms. The worker is currently isolating, pending a fourth test on Monday.

    Operations are temporarily suspended as Sealevel conducts a full sanitization of the entire facility.

    "We are partnering with the health department and have already initiated internal contact tracing which we expect to be completed quickly due to the limited exposure the worker had to others," Sealevel said in a public statement. "We have had a COVID-19 Response Team in place since early March that is charged with monitoring all of the latest guidance and implementing industry-leading, best practices at all of our facilities, including Wrangell, that go above and beyond current CDC guidance."

    Examples of these efforts include sanitation and cleaning protocols, with dedicated staff, cleaning common touch areas every hour, and twice-daily more extensive cleanings, and break room cleaning before and after every small group rest and meal breaks.



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