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COVID-19 Public Advisory, 10/07/21

A Public Advisory on Expanded COVID-19 Testing Hours in Bethel, How to Schedule a COVID-19 Pfizer Booster in Bethel, and How to Support Contact Tracing

Expanded COVID-19 Testing Hours in Bethel

YKHC has expanded COVID-19 testing hours at the drive-thru testing site in the CHSB parking lot, across from the hospital, in Bethel. The public can now drive-thru or walk-up for COVID-19 testing at this outdoor testing location Monday-Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. People showing COVID-like symptoms and confirmed close contacts of a COVID-positive individual should test at this location or call the COVID-19 hotline at 543-6949 for assistance.

COVID-19 testing also remains available without an appointment in Bethel on the first floor of the hospital between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

In villages, please call your local clinic for COVID-19 testing.

How to Schedule a COVID-19 Pfizer Booster in Bethel

Bethel residents eligible for and interested in a Pfizer booster are strongly encouraged to schedule an appointment by calling the COVID-19 hotline at 543-6949. Appointments are helpful in determining how much vaccine should be prepared and limit any delays in customer service.

Bethel residents may also receive a Pfizer booster by walking-in to the COVID-19 vaccine clinic on the second floor of the hospital, Monday-Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

In villages, please fill out the online form to have a Pfizer booster appointment scheduled: Village-based residents who need help with the online form can call 1-800-478-6599.

How to Support Contact Tracing

As the Yukon-Kuskokwim region continues to experience a surge in new COVID-19 cases, the YKHC contact tracing team is working diligently to conduct interviews as promptly and comprehensively as possible.

YKHC urges members of the public with COVID-like symptoms to get tested and isolate until results have returned. If a test result returns as positive, individuals can support contact tracing efforts in the region by notifying their close contacts and encouraging them to quarantine. These efforts will minimize any unanticipated delays in close contact notification. YKHC’s contact tracers will offer guidance on testing to all close contacts upon formal notification.

Choosing safe, effective vaccination, wearing a mask around anyone you don’t live with, and keeping social distance from those outside your household will help to prevent spread of COVID-19 in the region.