Four residents at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Elders Home test positive for COVID-19

On the evening of Aug. 30, one resident of the YK Elders Home tested positive for COVID-19 after displaying symptoms that triggered testing. All residents were immediately tested and three additional residents tested positive. The process of testing all staff began immediately. Two positive cases have been identified in staff. 

The same evening, two of the COVID-positive residents were transferred to the YKHC Emergency Department. YKHC reports with great sadness that one individual passed away due to COVID-19 yesterday, Aug. 31. The next of kin were notified. The other resident was admitted and remains hospitalized. Two other residents remain in isolation at the Elders Home. Residents and staff identified as close contacts of COVID-positive individuals will follow all CDC protocols for testing and isolation.

All Elders Home residents and staff are in compliance with CDC guidelines and YKHC policy on vaccinations. Additionally, all staff are required to follow universal masking protocols and undergo symptom screening before each shift. 

Per CDC guidelines, residents and visitors are encouraged, though not required, to follow recommendations to wear a mask, socially distance during visits, and receive a negative test for COVID-19 prior to visiting. Masks are available for guests and residents.

YKHC continues to monitor and report on COVID-19 conditions in the YKHC region. To view our weekly Situational Report, visit https://www.ykhc.org/covid-19/situation-reports/.

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