Forty-six new cases of COVID-19 in the YK Delta March 9

On March 9, YKHC reports forty-six new cases of COVID-19 in the YK Delta.

New COVID-19 Cases
The 46 are residents in:
Akiachak (2)
Alakanuk (1)
Bethel (1)
Chevak (1)
Emmonak (5)
Grayling (3)
Holy Cross (1)
Marshall (2)
Mekoryuk (4)
Mountain Village (18)
Newtok (2)
St. Mary’s (6)

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:  Visit 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.
  • For more details, visit

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

Learn more: For more information about COVID-19 in the YK Delta, visit

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

YKHC is partnering with local tribal governments to distribute two, free N-95 masks to every resident in the YKHC service area. The masks, provided by the Indian Health Service, offer the highest level of protection and have been shown to reduce transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Bethel residents can pick up masks between 12 and 3 p.m., Sunday, March 20, at the COVID-19 testing site in front of CHSB, across the street from the hospital.

The CDC and YKHC remind people masks are an effective way to protect themselves and others in the community. When worn correctly so the mask forms a seal to the face, N-95 respirators help filter airborne particles, such as viruses, and can protect the person wearing them.  This message is sponsored by YKHC.