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Five new COVID-19 Cases in YK Delta on September 11

On September 11, YKHC identified five new COVID-19 cases in the YK Delta.

September 11: Case 1

Late in the day on September 10, YKHC confirmed a positive COVID-19 case of an individual who resides in a YKHC service area village. To protect patient privacy, YKHC is not releasing the name of the service area village the individual is from. The individual is a close contact of a previously known COVID-19 case.

The individual is currently self-isolating and YKHC is working with the State of Alaska Section of Epidemiology to conduct contact tracing, follow-up testing, and ensure precautions are taken to protect people the individual may have been in close contact with. All close contacts will be provided instructions for follow-up testing and precautions to take. 

September 11: Case 2

On September 11, YKHC confirmed a positive COVID-19 case of a Bethel resident identified through testing of inbound passengers at the Bethel airport.

The individual is currently self-isolating and YKHC is working with the State of Alaska Section of Epidemiology to conduct contact tracing, follow-up testing, and ensure precautions are taken to protect people the individual may have been in close contact with. All close contacts will be provided instructions for follow-up testing, and advised on precautions to take. 

September 11: Case 3

On September 11, YKHC confirmed a positive COVID-19 case of an individual in a YKHC service area village. The individual is not a resident of the YK Delta and, per State reporting protocols, will not be counted in the YK Delta positive case count. The case was identified through testing of inbound passengers at the Bethel airport. The individual subsequently continued travel, but was not notified about the positive result until after travel occurred. 

The individual is currently self-isolating in a YKHC service area village and YKHC is working with the State of Alaska Section of Epidemiology to conduct contact tracing, follow-up testing, and ensure precautions are taken to protect people the individual may have been in close contact with. All close contacts will be provided instructions for follow-up testing and precautions to take. 

September 11: Case 4

On September 11, YKHC confirmed a positive COVID-19 case of an individual who resides in a YKHC service area village. To protect patient privacy, YKHC is not releasing the name of the service area village the individual is from. The individual is a close contact of a previously known COVID-19 case.

The individual is currently self-isolating and YKHC is working with the State of Alaska Section of Epidemiology to conduct contact tracing, follow-up testing, and ensure precautions are taken to protect people the individual may have been in close contact with. All close contacts will be provided instructions for follow-up testing and precautions to take. 

September 11: Case 5

On September 11, YKHC was notified an individual who resides in a YKHC service area village tested positive for COVID-19 elsewhere in Alaska. To protect patient privacy, YKHC is not releasing the name of the service area village the individual is from. The individual subsequently returned to the region, but was not notified about the positive result until after travel occurred.

The individual is currently self-isolating in Bethel and YKHC is working with the State of Alaska Section of Epidemiology to conduct contact tracing, follow-up testing, and ensure precautions are taken to protect people the individual may have been in close contact with. All close contacts will be provided instructions for follow-up testing and precautions to take. 

The pandemic and the public health risks it poses is not over. Additional cases emphasize the importance of continuing to practice all known protective measures. Protective measures include: avoid all non-essential travel, avoid dining in at restaurants (instead order out), opt for free COVID-19 testing upon arrival at the Bethel, St. Mary’s, and Aniak airports when arriving from out-of-region, practice regular handwashing, remain physically distant (more than six feet) from anyone who does not reside in your same household, wear a mask when in public, and frequently disinfect high-touch surfaces in your home.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include a fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea, and diminished sense of taste or smell. If you have these symptoms, do not go to your village clinic or to the emergency room in Bethel. Instead, call your village clinic or in Bethel call 543-6949 so a health care provider can assist you.

YKHC continues to offer free COVID-19 testing, without an appointment, at the Bethel drive-thru testing site every Wednesday from noon to 4 p.m. Testing also continues by appointment at the Bethel drive-thru testing site on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, by calling 543-6949.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.