Crew members on two American Seafoods vessels, the American Triumph and the Northern Jaeger, are being tested for COVID-19 as a precautionary measure, the company said Wednesday.
The Triumph docked Wednesday in Bellingham, Washington to offload product from the Pacific whiting fishery. The Northern Jaeger is scheduled to arrive in Bellingham on Thursday.
One crew member on the Northern Jaeger reported feeling ill onboard last week and was transported to the hospital where the crew member tested negative for COVID 19. The crew member is in the hospital recovering from their illness.
“We’re conducting these tests out of an abundance of caution,” said American Seafoods CEO Mikel Durham. “Protecting the health of our crew members and the communities where we operate is a top priority for us.”
American Seafoods had 86 crew members aboard the American Dynasty test positive last week for COVID-19 when the boat docked in Bellingham. Currently the vessel is docked at the Port of Seattle and all crew are in quarantine in facilities in Seattle.
The company screened all its crew members before they boarded vessels in mid-May to take part in the Pacific Whiting season.
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