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Sixty-six new COVID-19 cases in the YK Delta on January 22

On January 22, YKHC reports one new hospitalization and sixty-six new COVID-19 cases in the YK Delta.

One in-region hospitalization
One COVID-19 positive individual was admitted into the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Regional Hospital. This is the fifty-sixth individual hospitalized in-region due to COVID-19.

New COVID-19 Cases
The 66 are residents in:
Akiachak (2)
Atmautluak (1)
Bethel (25)
Bethel, non-resident (2)
Chefornak (9)
Emmonak (2)
Hooper Bay (3)
Kasigluk (3)
Kipnuk (2)
Kotlik (1)
Lower Kalskag (1)
Napakiak (1)
Nunam Iqua (2)
Quinhagak (1)
Toksook Bay (1)
Tuluksak (6)
Tuntutuliak (4)

Case correction: -1 case in Mekoryuk Jan. 20
During routine review of records, YKHC confirmed a COVID-19 case for the village of Mekoryuk was inadvertently reported for a second time on January 20. This error has been corrected in today’s update of the YKHC COVID-19 dashboard.

YKHC has strongly recommended all communities in the YK Delta region immediately extend shelter-in-place, or lockdown, mandates through February 28, 2021, due to evidence of exponential growth of COVID-19 transmission following the holiday season.

Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 are advised to self-isolate while YKHC and the State of Alaska Section of Epidemiology conduct contact tracing, follow-up testing, and outreach. Due to a significant increase in COVID-19 cases across the region, individual case investigations are ongoing and information about specific transmission methods may not be available upon request.

YKHC continues to urge the public to follow all guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 spreads easily, even when someone does not have any symptoms. Even if your community has no positive COVID-19 cases, please continue to practice all protective measures including: avoiding hosting or attending gatherings of any kind, wear a mask when in public, avoid all non-essential travel, receive free COVID-19 testing upon arrival at the Bethel, St. Mary’s, and Aniak airports, practice regular handwashing, remain physically distant (more than six feet) from anyone who does not reside in your household, and frequently disinfect high-touch surfaces.

Symptoms of COVID-19 may include fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea, or diminished sense of taste or smell. If you have any of these symptoms, call your village clinic or in Bethel call 543-6949 so a health care provider can assist you. Do not go to your village clinic or to the emergency room in Bethel.

YKHC offers free COVID-19 testing without an appointment at the Bethel drive-thru testing site every Monday-Friday from 2 to 5 p.m. Testing is also available by appointment in Bethel by calling 543-6949, or in villages by calling the local clinic.

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.