Two hospitalizations, one medevac and 120 new cases of COVID-19 in the YK Delta Feb. 19-22

On February 19, YKHC reports fifty-four new cases of COVID-19 in the YK Delta.

New COVID-19 Cases
The 54  are residents in:
Akiachak (3)
Aniak (1)
Bethel (5)}
Eek (3)
Kongiganak (5)
Kotlik (1)
Kwethluk (3)
Kwigillingok (2)
Mountain Village (2)
Newtok (3)
Nunapitchuk (7)
Quinhagak (6)
Russian Mission (2)
St. Mary’s (5)
Toksook Bay (4)
Tuntutuliak (1)
Tununak (1)

On February 20, YKHC reports two in-region hospitalizations, one medevac and 16 new cases of COVID-19 in the YK Delta.

Two In-Region Hospitalizations
Two COVID-19 positive individuals were admitted into the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Regional Hospital. These are the 145th and 146th  individuals hospitalized in-region due to COVID-19.

One Medevac
One COVID-19 positive individual was medevac’d out-of-region for hospitalization. This is the 40th individual medevac’d due to COVID-19.

New COVID-19 Cases
The 16 are residents in:
Akiachak (1)
Bethel (8)
Hooper Bay (1)
Kwigillingok (1)
Russian Mission (4)
Toksook Bay (1)

On February 21, YKHC reports 20 new cases of COVID-19 in the YK Delta.

New COVID-19 Cases
The 20 are residents in:
Akiachak (5)
Akiak (1)
Bethel (8)
Chevak (1)
Grayling (1)
Mountain Village (1)
Napaskiak (1)
Nunapitchuk (1)
Sleetnute (1)

On February 22, YKHC reports 30 new cases of COVID-19 in the YK Delta.

New COVID-19 Cases
The 30 are residents in:
Bethel (9)
Bethel (1)
Chefornak (2)
Chevak (6)
Hooper Bay (1)
Kongiganak (1)
Kotlik (3)
Kwethluk (2)
Marshall (2)
Nunapitchuk (1)
St. Mary’s (1)
Toksook Bay (1)

Dashboard update: The State of Alaska notifies YKHC about YK Delta residents who test positive for COVID-19 while outside YK Delta. After reviewing data provided by the state, YKHC will add 38  additional cases to the total case on the YKHC dashboard today.

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 12 or older who is five 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 five months ago or the Johnson & Johnson vaccine more than two months ago is also eligible. To learn more, click here.

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 hours: 

In villages, contact your local clinic.

In Bethel –

  • Individuals who have symptoms of COVID-19 OR are close contacts of a known positive are required to test at the outdoor site, in the CHSB parking lot, across the street from the hospital, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
  • Individuals wanting to test out of quarantine on/after day 5 must test at the outdoor site, in the CHSB parking lot, across the street from the hospital, 4:30 and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, or 4 to 6 p.m., Saturday.
  • Routine COVID-19 testing for those who have not tested positive within the last 90 days is available 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday on the first floor of the hospital or 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, in the Blueberry conference room, located by the emergency room entrance.
  • For more details, visit https://www.ykhc.org/covid-19-testing/

Community safety: YKHC recommends all people, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask in any indoor public setting.

Additionally, continue to practice protective measures such as practicing regular hand-washing, avoiding hosting or attending large gatherings, and frequently disinfecting high-touch surfaces.  To view YKHC’s community guidance document, please visit https://www.ykhc.org/covid-19/resources/.

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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