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If you someone in your household have respiratory symptoms, call your village clinic or COVID-19 hotline at 543-6949 before seeking care. The COVID-19 hotline is staffed Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.

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The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation, commonly referred to as YKHC, is a Tribal Organization that administers a comprehensive healthcare delivery system for 58 rural communities in southwest Alaska. 

Each of the communities in our service area is home to a federally-recognized Tribe, whose governing council has authorized YKHC to provide health services on behalf of the federal Indian Health Service (IHS). 

YKHC’s healthcare delivery system includes community clinics, sub-regional clinics in five of the area’s larger communities, a regional hospital, dental and optometry services, behavioral health services, substance abuse counseling and treatment, health promotion and disease prevention programs, and environmental health services.

Gold Seal Certified

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation has earned the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval.​

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1 week ago

Late in the day on July 3, YKHC confirmed a positive COVID-19 case in Bethel of an individual who was identified through rapid testing, in accordance with Health Mandate 18. The individual is not a resident of Bethel, and therefore per State reporting protocols, will not be counted in the YK Delta positive case count.

Early in the morning of July 4, YKHC tested the individual a second time using another in-house lab analyzer. This analyzer uses a higher standard of viral detection than the rapid test. The sample provided did not meet the level of detection and the result returned as negative. Per YKHC protocol, the individual was tested a third time using a test that will be processed and confirmed by the State Public Health lab and results will be known in 5-7 days.

The individual is currently self-isolating and YKHC is working with the State of Alaska Section of Epidemiology to conduct contact tracing, follow-up testing, and ensure precautions are taken to protect people the individual may have been in close contact with.

While known close contacts of the positive case are minimal and YKHC is highly confident potential risk to the community is very low, YKHC treats every COVID-19 positive test result as a true positive, because the risk of not doing so is too high. All close contacts have been identified, provided instructions for follow-up testing, and advised on precautions to take.

YKHC continues to offer COVID-19 testing, without an appointment, at the Bethel drive-thru testing site every Wednesday from noon to 4 p.m. Testing also continues by appointment at the Bethel drive-thru testing site on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, by calling 543-6949.

Read the full statement on our website at: www.ykhc.org/known-positive-covid19-case-july4/
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