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85 crew on Seattle fishing boat now infected with COVID

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Fishing boats docked in Seattle. (photo: Washington Seafood Trade)

The crew of the Seattle-based American Dynasty are now in quarantine after arrving back at their home dock because of a rampant COVID-19 infection that hit virtually the entire crew.

American Seafoods Company discovered that 85 crew members tested positive on May 30th. They suspect the infection hit the boat after docking in Bellingham, according to KOMO News reporter, Sue Romero.

Before American Dynasty even left Seattle, the entire crew were screened and tested before they boarded the vessel. The testing was conducted by the University of Washington according to American Seafoods CEO Mikel Durham. Only those who tested negative for the virus were cleared to board the vessel.

Testing results on 9 remaining crew members are still pending. To listen to the KOMO story on this story, click the image above.

The company reported in a press release, the American Dynasty has returned to the Port of Seattle and is under lockdown. All crew members are being quarantined and monitored by medical personnel. “American Seafoods is cooperating with the U.S. Coast Guard, the CDC, the Seattle/King County Health Department, Whatcom County Health Department, and the Port of Seattle.” Durham said. “The crew has access to any required medical care, and we are thrilled with the support that the agencies we are working with have provided. We have also put in place preparedness procedures in the event of a virus outbreak. Those plans are being fully executed right now,” she added.

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