The total number of nonresident coronavirus cases now stands at 41. The majority of those have been seafood workers.
The two men are asymptomatic and were moved to isolation in Unalaska testing positive for the virus.
So far, the state has recorded a total of 505 cases among residents, with 373 recoveries. There are 22 cases among nonresidents, 15 of them are seafood workers from out of state.
Alaska’s seafood industry sprawls across dozens of communities and thousands of miles of coastline. But one common theme is that this summer’s fishing season represents uncharted waters.
The Bristol Bay borough is the epicenter of fish processing during the short sockeye fishery, and its population grows exponentially as seafood workers and fishermen come to the region.
Alaska’s fishing industry was allocated $50 million in CARES Act funding in early May
The factory trawler was most recently in Bellingham, WA, and has returned to the Port of Seattle where it is currently under lockdown.
There are now five confirmed cases of COVID-19 tied to Bristol Bay.
The case is the city’s first, and the eighth seafood worker in Alaska who has tested positive for the virus.
The agency says shutting down a king salmon season would contribute little to saving an endangered population of killer whales.