Silver Bay Seafoods plans for unusual season

    Sitka, Alaska (KINY) - Silver Bay Seafoods said they are committed to public health and a successful salmon season this year.

    President and CEO Cora Campbell told the Sitka Assembly they have a plan in place to keep the public safe this summer.

    "Our workers are going to be screened and quarantined.  We will have a medical provider on site.  When employees travel they will be isolated from the public to prevent any infection or transmission," she said.

    They will have a closed campus this year with strict enforcement.   Medical services will be provided at the plant to reduce any burden on the Sitka health care system.

    "We know the health care capacity in Sitka is limited and needs to be reserved for citizens.  We won't be in any way a burden to the community health care system during this difficult time," she said.

    The company also will have its own supply of test kits.

    One concern is the impacts on local hires.  Sitka could use the jobs as many people have been laid off due to the pandemic.  450 seasonal workers normally come to Sitka in the summer months.

    The assembly heard health concerns about the seasonal workers coming to Sitka.  Some residents urged the assembly to require seasonal workers to wear masks and get clearance from a doctor before being allowed to come to Sitka.




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