This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. (NIAID-RML via AP)

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. (NIAID-RML via AP)

City reports 26 new cases connected to seafood processor cluster

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A COVID-19 cluster stemming from community spread continues to grow.

City and Borough of Juneau announced Sunday 26 new cases among a seafood processor’s employees.

After nine employees tested positive for COVID-19 last week, Alaska Glacier Seafoods worked with the city to test all its employees — about 113 people —and 26 of those employees tested positive, the city said in a news release. All the people who tested positive are isolating. Some test results are still pending, according to the city.

It is unknown how many of the people are residents and how many are nonresidents, according to the city. The Alaska Division of Public Health in Juneau is conducting contact investigations and will notify and quarantine people as needed.

The city plans to work with the seafood processor to conduct follow-up testing later in the week, according to the city.

The results are being reported by City and Borough of Juneau before they have been shared by Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. The cases will likely be part of the state’s reports in the coming days.

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