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If You Are Sick

Common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever and dry cough, sometimes causing shortness of breath. If you are experiencing symptoms compatible with COVID-19, call before you seek medical care. In Bethel, call 563-6949 and in villages, call your clinic.

It is critical that people self-isolate if they have symptoms of illness, have tested positive for COVID-19, or believe they may have been exposed to the virus. Self-isolation can prevent the spread of COVID-19 to other people. You should isolate yourself if:

  • You have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • You have been in contact with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19.
  • You have symptoms of illness, even if mild.

Self-isolation includes confining yourself to a separate room within your home and staying away from other members of your household. Use a separate bathroom if possible, and regularly disinfect surfaces in the household. YKHC will notify individuals who we test for COVID-19 of their test results. If you test positive for COVID-19 and you cannot self-isolate within your home, let YKHC know when you are notified of your test results.

If you are sick or believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19:

  • Do not leave your home, except to seek medical care.
  • Stay in touch with your healthcare provider and monitor your symptoms.
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water frequently.
  • Contact your healthcare provider if you develop shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
  • Call ahead and wear a mask if you leave home to seek medical care.
  • Do not share household items with other people if you are sick. This includes glasses, cups, plates, utensils, towels, and bedding.

Learn more about what to do if you are sick from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention here.

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COVID-19: Call Before Seeking Care

If you have symptoms like a fever, cough or shortness of breath and have traveled out of the YK Delta in the past 14 days, 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.