Thirty-two new cases of COVID-19 in the YK Delta October 29

On October 29, YKHC reports thirty-two new cases of COVID-19 in the YK Delta.

New COVID-19 Cases
The 32 are residents in:
Atmautluak (6)
Bethel (4)
Chefornak (1)
Kwethluk (4)
Mekoryuk (3)
Mountain Village (2)
Nunapitchuk (4)
Scammon Bay (3)
Toksook Bay (2)
Tuluksak (2)
Upper Kalskag (1)

COVID-19 Updates and Community Information

Updates to COVID-19 dashboard: Effective Friday, Oct. 29, YKHC revised the data provided on the COVID-19 dashboard and in the weekly Situational Report. We added information on the age range of new positive COVID-19 cases identified in the prior week. We no longer report the number of YK Delta residents out of region while infectious or non-residents infectious in region, as these numbers do not meaningfully impact the disease burden in the region.

These changes are in response to requests from the public and made with the goal of highlighting the data most meaningful to our communities. If you have questions or feedback on these changes, please e-mail publicrelations@ykhc.org.

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

Booster shotsMost 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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