A total of five UniSea employees have tested positive for coronavirus in Unalaska, Alaska Public Media reported Thursday.
The cases were reported following the company hiring 100 new processing workers to fill a market gap for cod during the B fishing season, UniSea President and CEO Tom Enlow told the news site.
This month Enlow said four individuals who tested positive are part of a group of workers that came in for fall cod season, which started Sept. 1.
In August UniSea reported its first coronavirus case in the remote processing region.
While the huge influx of outside workers has died down with Alaska's salmon processing season largely over, the Pacific cod fishing seasons runs through November for some gear types. Meanwhile, Alaska processing companies have already spent tens of millions of dollars protecting workers by providing on-site medical help and personal protective equipment such as masks, hand sanitizer and gloves.
IntraFish has reported 1,300 seafood workers being infected with COVID-19 globally this year. Workers in Alaska make up 46 percent of cases worldwide tracked by IntraFish.