On December 17, YKHC reports one new in-region hospitalization and nineteen new cases of COVID-19 in the YK Delta.
One In-Region Hospitalization
One COVID-19 positive individual was admitted into the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Regional Hospital. This is the 126th individual hospitalized in-region due to COVID-19.
New COVID-19 Cases
The 19 are residents in:
Hooper Bay (4)
Mountain Village (4)
COVID-19 Updates and Community Information
Vaccinations: YKHC strongly encourages all people 5 years and older to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Booster shots: Anyone ages 16 or older who is 6 months past their second shot of the Pfizer is eligible for a booster.Everyone ages 18 or older who received the Moderna vaccine more than 6 months ago or the Johnson & Johnson vaccine more than two months ago is also eligible.
To schedule a vaccine for people age 12 or older or a booster appointment for eligible individuals: Visithttps://www.ykhc.org/covid-19/vaccine/ or call 1-800-478-6599.
To schedule a vaccine appointment for children ages 5 to 11: In Bethel, call 543-6949. In villages, please call your local clinic
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.