On November 16, YKHC reports one death, two in-region hospitalizations, and forty new cases of COVID-19 in the YK Delta.
It is with profound sadness YKHC reports that on November 15, 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 44th 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 119th and 120th individuals hospitalized in-region due to COVID-19.
New COVID-19 Cases
The 40 are residents in:
Holy Cross (2)
Hooper Bay (3)
Pilot Station (3)
COVID-19 Updates and Community Information
Vaccinations: 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 for people age 12 or older or a booster appointment for eligible individuals: Visit https://www.ykhc.org/covid-19/vaccine/ or call 1-800-478-6599.
To schedule a vaccine appointment for children ages 5-11: 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.