One hundred sixty-four new COVID-19 cases in the YK Delta on November 26-27

On November 26, YKHC confirmed 37 new COVID-19 cases and on November 27, YKHC reports one hospitalization and 127 new COVID-19 cases in the YK Delta.

On November 26, YKHC confirmed 37 new cases of COVID-19

  • 1 Akiachak resident tested positive
  • 4 Akiak residents tested positive
  • 7 Bethel residents tested positive
  • 1 Kongiganak resident tested positive
  • 1 Kotlik resident tested positive
  • 19 Kwethluk residents tested positive
  • 2 Napaskiak residents tested positive
  • 1 Pilot Station resident tested positive
  • 1 YKHC service area village resident tested positive

One in-region hospitalization

Late in the day on November 26, one COVID-19 positive individual was admitted into the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Regional Hospital. This is the thirtieth individual hospitalized in-region due to COVID-19.

On November 27, YKHC confirmed 127 new cases of COVID-19

  • 55 Akiak residents tested positive
  • 2 Aniak residents tested positive
  • 21 Bethel residents tested positive
  • 3 Chevak residents tested positive
  • 2 Emmonak residents tested positive
  • 1 Kasigluk resident tested positive
  • 1 Kotlik resident tested positive
  • 26 Kwethluk residents tested positive
  • 1 Mtn. Village resident tested positive
  • 3 Pilot Station residents tested positive
  • 3 Quinhagak residents tested positive
  • 1 Scammon Bay resident tested positive
  • 7 Tuluksak residents tested positive
  • 1 YKHC service area village resident tested positive

Due to a significant increase in COVID-19 cases across the region, case investigations are on-going to identify whether cases are travel-related, a result of close contact, or a result of community-based transmission. Unfortunately, due to the volume of cases in-region, this information may be unavailable on request.

The individuals are 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 they may have been in close contact with. All close contacts will be provided instructions for follow-up testing and precautions to take.

YKHC continues to urge the public not to just rely on travel restrictions to prevent spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 can spread when someone does not have any symptoms or only has mild symptoms. Even if your community has not had a positive COVID-19 case, please continue to practice all known protective measures, including: avoid hosting or attending gatherings of any kind, avoid all non-essential travel, 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 offers free COVID-19 testing, without an appointment, at the Bethel drive-thru testing site every Monday through Friday from 2 to 5 p.m. Testing also continues by appointment in Bethel, by calling 543-6949, or in villages by calling the local clinic for assistance.

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.