On January 6, YKHC reports two deaths, one medevac, and 42 new COVID-19 cases in the YK Delta.
It is with profound sadness YKHC reports that on January 6 two YK Delta residents died due to complications of COVID-19. One individual was in their 50s and one individual was in their 60s. The next of kin have been notified. YKHC sends our deepest condolences to the loved ones mourning the loss of these individuals. These are the seventeenth and eighteenth individuals associated with the YK Delta region who have died due to COVID-19.
One COVID-19 positive individual was medevac’d out-of-region for hospitalization. This is the nineteenth individual medevac’d due to COVID-19.
New COVID-19 Cases
The 42 are residents in:
Bethel, out-of-region (2)
Hooper Bay (1)
Mtn Village (2)
YKHC Service Area Village (1), one community
Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 are advised to self-isolate while YKHC and the State of Alaska Section of Epidemiology conduct contact tracing, follow-up testing, and outreach. Due to a significant increase in COVID-19 cases across the region, individual case investigations are ongoing and information about specific transmission methods may not be available upon request.
YKHC continues to urge the public to follow all guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 spreads easily, even when someone does not have any symptoms. Even if your community has no positive COVID-19 cases, please continue to practice all protective measures including: avoiding hosting or attending gatherings of any kind, wear a mask when in public, avoid all non-essential travel, receive free COVID-19 testing upon arrival at the Bethel, St. Mary’s, and Aniak airports, practice regular handwashing, remain physically distant (more than six feet) from anyone who does not reside in your household, and frequently disinfect high-touch surfaces.
Symptoms of COVID-19 may include fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea, or diminished sense of taste or smell. If you have any of these symptoms, call your village clinic or in Bethel call 543-6949 so a health care provider can assist you. Do not go to your village clinic or to the emergency room in Bethel.
YKHC offers free COVID-19 testing without an appointment at the Bethel drive-thru testing site every Monday-Friday from 2 to 5 p.m. Testing is also available by appointment in Bethel by calling 543-6949, or in villages by calling the local clinic.
Get the latest information on COVID-19 from YKHC at www.ykhc.org/covid-19.