AK - Official delegation visits Kodiak amid salmon season worries

A delegation of state and federal officials is visiting Kodiak today as part of a statewide tour aimed, in part, at learning how fishing communities are preparing for the influx of workers for the salmon fishing season and how they are responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

The delegation includes Dr. Alexander Eastman, the senior medical officer at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and Dr. Anne Zink, the Alaska state chief medical officer, among others.

During a press conference Monday, state officials listed several fishing communities the delegation will visit in addition to Kodiak, including Nome, Cordova, Bristol Bay and some rural villages.

“The orders are simple. To deliver the absolute best of what the federal government has, the full array of resources to provide the necessary technical assistance on the ground,“ Eastman said.

Eastman added that the federal government is looking to ensure that everything they do ties in with Alaska’s response and history.

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