On December 8, YKHC reports 68 new COVID-19 cases in the YK Delta.

New COVID-19 Cases

The 68 are residents in:
Akiak (5)
Bethel (19)
Eek (1)
Kongiganak (1)
Kotlik (5)
Napaskiak (2)
Pilot Station (20)
Scammon Bay (6)
Toksook Bay (1)
Tuluksak (5)
Tuntutuliak (1)
YKHC Service Area Village (2), one community

**Please note: YKHC recently met with Tribe and City leadership of three service area villages to provide an update that evidence of community-based transmission of COVID-19 appears to be occurring in those communities. During these meetings, YKHC recommended the Tribes and Cities consider publishing a joint statement to offer the public an update on current public health risks in their community. To date YKHC has not yet received final approval from community leadership to publish the joint statements. 

Individuals that 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.


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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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