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Shortage of test reagent and offline equipment cause lab delay

YKHC was notified on Thursday, November 19, that COVID-19 test results sent to the ANMC lab for processing are expected to experience a 7-14 day delay as a result of nationwide shortage of testing reagent and molecular analyzers pulled offline to undergo maintenance. ANMC runs processing of COVID-19 tests for multiple rural Tribal Health Organizations, including YKHC.

The lab results of individuals in the YK Delta tested for COVID-19 on October 29 and November 3-20 may be affected by this delay.

Where possible, ANMC is transferring tests to the State lab for processing. YKHC was informed the State is also experiencing a high volume of testing, which may contribute to an expanded turnaround time.

YKHC will provide an update as we learn more.

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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.