Two deaths, five hospitalizations and sixty-seven new COVID-19 cases in the YK Delta October 16-18

On October 16, YKHC reports one death and forty-two new cases of COVID-19 in the YK Delta.

One Death
It is with profound sadness YKHC reports that on October 9, a YK Delta resident in their 60s 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 34th COVID-19 death associated with the YK Delta region.


New COVID-19 Cases
The 42 are residents in:
Akiachak (2)
Akiak (1)
Aniak (3)
Bethel (4)
Emmonak (1)
Kasigluk (8)
Kongiganak (3)
Kwethluk (2)
Kwigillingok (1)
Marshall (3)
Napakiak (3)
Napaskiak (1)
Nunapitchuk (1)
Quinhagak (3)
Russian Mission (4)
YKHC service area village (2)

On October 17, YKHC reports one death, two hospitalizations and eleven new cases of COVID-19 in the YK Delta.

One Death
It is with profound sadness YKHC reports that late in the day on October 16th, a YK Delta resident in their 60s 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 35th COVID-19 death associated with the YK Delta region.

Two In-Region Hospitalizations
Two COVID-19 positive individuals were admitted into the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Regional Hospital. These are the 105th and 106th individuals hospitalized in-region due to COVID-19.

New COVID-19 Cases
The 11 are residents in:
Alakanuk (1)
Bethel (2)
Kwethluk (1)
Quinhagak (3)
Scammon Bay (1)
YKHC service area village (3)

On October 18, YKHC reports three hospitalizations and fourteen new cases of COVID-19 in the YK Delta.

Three In-Region Hospitalizations
Three COVID-19 positive individuals were admitted into the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Regional Hospital. These are the 107th, 108th and 109th individuals hospitalized in-region due to COVID-19.

New COVID-19 Cases
The 14 are residents in:
Alakanuk (5)
Bethel (2)
Mekoryuk (2)
Quinhagak (1)
Russian Mission (2)
Tununak (1)
YKHC service area village (1)

COVID-19 Updates and Community Information

Vaccinations: YKHC strongly encourages all people 12 years and older to get vaccinated against COVID-19. 

Pfizer booster: COVID-19 booster shots are now available for certain individuals who completed a two-dose series of the Pfizer vaccine and are six months past the second dose of vaccine. 

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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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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Contact YKHC

YUKON-KUSKOKWIM HEALTH CORPORATION 

Box 528, Bethel, Alaska 99559

Phone: 907-543-6000
YKHC Medicaid Travel: 907-543-6625
Email: info@ykhc.org
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Bethel or a cell phone:
907-543-6442

Landline or phone outside Bethel:
1-800-478-3321 ext 6442

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907-543-6229

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907-543-6336

SUB-REGIONAL CLINICS
Aniak     675-4556
Emmonak     949-3500 
Hooper Bay     758-3500
St. Mary’s      438-3500 
Toksook Bay    427-3500 

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