On Wednesday, June 24, YKHC confirmed a Bethel resident tested positive for COVID-19. The individual is currently self-isolating and YKHC is working with the State of Alaska Section of Epidemiology and local government officials to ensure precautions are taken to protect people they may have been in close contact with. Contact tracing indicates the individual who tested positive had traveled to a YK Delta service area village during the period of time they may have been infectious with the virus. YKHC has recommended the community implement mandatory masking in public, as well as a shelter-in-place order through July 5. To protect patient privacy, YKHC is not releasing the name of the community.
Although the State of Alaska has eased restrictions on travel and moved to reopen Alaska’s economy, the pandemic and the public health risks it poses is not over. This additional case emphasizes the importance of the public continuing the practice of all known protective measures. These measures help to prevent spread of the novel coronavirus. Protective measures include: avoiding all non-essential travel, practicing regular handwashing, remaining physically distant (more than six feet) from anyone who does not reside in your same household, wearing a mask when in public, and frequently disinfecting 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.
Get the latest information on COVID-19 from YKHC at www.ykhc.org/covid-19.