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New COVID-19 cases in the YK Delta January 23-25

January 23
On January 23, YKHC reports 2 in-region hospitalizations and 43 new COVID-19 cases in the YK Delta. 

Two In-region Hospitalizations
Two COVID-19 positive individuals were admitted into the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Regional Hospital. These are the fifty-seventh and fifty-eighth individuals hospitalized in-region due to COVID-19.

New COVID-19 Cases
The 43 are residents in:
Akiachak (2)
Atmautluak (1)
Bethel (14)
Chefornak (4)
Emmonak (2)
Kongiganak (1)
Kotlik (1)
Mt. Village (2)
Nunapitchuk (1)
St. Mary’s (3)
Toksook Bay (7)
Tuntutulaik (5)

January 24
On January 24, YKHC reports 6 new COVID-19 cases in the YK Delta. 

New COVID-19 Cases
The 6 are residents in:
Bethel (4)
Marshall (2)

January 25
On January 25, YKHC reports one death, one medevac, and 9 new COVID-19 cases in the YK Delta.

One Death
It is with profound sadness YKHC reports that 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 twenty-first COVID-19 death associated with the YK Delta region

One Medevac
One COVID-19 positive individual was medevac’d out-of-region for hospitalization. This is the twenty-first individual medevac’d due to COVID-19.

New COVID-19 Cases

The 9 are residents in:
Akiachak (2)
Bethel (2)
Kasigluk (1)
Pilot Station (2)
Quinhagak (1)

YKHC has strongly recommended all communities in the YK Delta region immediately extend shelter-in-place, or lockdown, mandates through February 28, 2021, due to evidence of exponential growth of COVID-19 transmission following the holiday season.

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.

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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.