One death, one new hospitalization and forty new cases of COVID-19 in the YK Delta November 4

On November 4, YKHC reports one death, one new in-region hospitalization and forty new cases of COVID-19 in the YK Delta.

One Death
It is with profound sadness YKHC reports that on November 3, a YK Delta resident in their 80s died due to complications of COVID-19. The next of kin have been notified. YKHC sends our deepest condolences to the loved ones mourning the loss of this individual. This is the 40th COVID-19 death associated with the YK Delta region.

One In-Region Hospitalization
One COVID-19 positive individual was admitted into the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Regional Hospital. This is the 114th individual hospitalized in-region due to COVID-19.

New COVID-19 Cases
The 40 are residents in:
Alakanuk (3)
Atmautluak (9)
Bethel (1)
Crooked Creek (3)
Holy Cross (3)
Kasigluk (5)
Mekoryuk (3)
Napaskiak (1)
Nunapitchuk (6)
Quinhagak (1)
Russian Mission (1)
Toksook Bay (2)
YKHC service area village (2)

COVID-19 Updates and Community Information

Vaccinations: The FDA and CDC gave final approval for the COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. YKHC will administer vaccines for that age group starting November 4.  For more details, see the statement HERE on our website 

YKHC strongly encourages all people 5 years and older to get vaccinated against COVID-19. 

Booster shots:  Most YK Delta residents 18 or older who are 6 months past their second shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine are eligible for a booster. Everyone ages 18 or older who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine more than two months ago is also eligible.

To schedule a vaccine or booster appointment: To schedule a vaccine appointment or to learn more about the vaccine or booster shots, visit https://www.ykhc.org/covid-19/vaccine/ or call 1-800-478-6599. 

COVID-19 testing: All people who are experiencing symptoms (fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea, or diminished sense of taste or smell) or who are a close contact of known positive cases are encouraged to get tested as soon as possible. 

  • In Bethel, mobile testing is available in the parking lot across from the hospital from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Testing is also available on the first floor of the hospital (enter through the main doors). Walk-ins available or call 543-6949 to schedule an appointment. 
  • In surrounding communities, call your local clinic for more information. 

Community safety: YKHC recommends all people, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask in any indoor public setting. To view the complete recommendations, visit https://www.ykhc.org/covid-19/resources/.

Additionally, continue to practice protective measures such as practicing regular hand-washing, avoiding hosting or attending large gatherings, and frequently disinfecting high-touch surfaces. 

Positive COVID-19 test: If you test positive for COVID-19, tell your close contacts, self-isolate and visit https://www.ykhc.org/covid-19/care/ for more information. 

Learn more: For more information about COVID-19 in the YK Delta, visit www.ykhc.org/covid-19.Case statements are published the next business day after cases are identified (e.g. Monday cases are published Tuesday. Friday and weekend cases are published Monday. Cases identified over a holiday are reported the next business day.) Whenever possible, YKHC will notify patients and call the affected communities the day cases are identified

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COVID-19: Call Before Seeking Care

If you have symptoms like a fever, cough or shortness of breath, do not go to your village clinic and do not go to the Emergency Room in Bethel. Instead, call your village clinic, or in Bethel, call 543-6949.

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