Statement Regarding Airport Testing

In early April, YKHC voluntarily began providing symptom and exposure-risk screening for passengers arriving from Anchorage at the Bethel airport. On April 23, due to the lack of resources for local public health agencies, YKHC expanded this public health outreach to offer on-site COVID-19 testing for arriving passengers. On-site airport testing continues today.

Due to recent impacts the global pandemic has had on local flight schedules, and after speaking with local airport personnel, YKHC believed there was no flight scheduled to arrive in Bethel on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25. Had YKHC received confirmation of a scheduled flight on May 25, on-site testing at the airport would have been provided. Thank you for your understanding during this unprecedented time.

Passengers who arrived in Bethel on Monday, May 25 and would like to be tested, can call YKHC at 543-6949. Passengers who continued travel to an outlying community can call their local village clinic to schedule testing. As a friendly reminder, the YKHC hotline in Bethel is staffed Monday-Friday, from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

YKHC is working hard to protect the region from further spread of COVID-19, but we cannot do it alone and we need your help. While testing is a core public health strategy to detect, isolate and trace new cases, current airport testing remains at 20-50% of arriving passengers who opt for free, voluntary testing. Testing is a single tool we have for COVID-19 response. Until there is widespread immunity to the novel coronavirus, everyone can help protect themselves and one another by practicing known protective measures, including: physical distancing from anyone not residing in your same household, regular handwashing, wearing a face covering in public, and regularly disinfecting high-touch surfaces in your home.

As State health mandates relax, likely increasing the number of incoming flights and passengers, YKHC will evaluate our ability to continue on-site testing at the airport.

Get the latest information on COVID-19 and local response 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.

Contact YKHC

YUKON-KUSKOKWIM HEALTH CORPORATION 

Box 528, Bethel, Alaska 99559

Phone: 907-543-6000
YKHC Medicaid Travel: 907-543-6625
Email: info@ykhc.org
Media Inquiries: publicrelations@ykhc.org

ACCESS YOUR MEDICAL INFORMATION 

myYKHealth is an online portal that allows our customers to view medical information and connect with their care team.

To enroll in MyYKHealth or if you have questions about MyYKHealth, call MyYKHealth Enrollment Specialist at 907-543-6947 or Registration at 907-543-6315 or email MyYKHealthEnroll@ykhc.org.

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Visit the Resource Library to view issues of the Messenger, YKHC publications, provider resources, referral forms, financial statements, retail store and release forms.

Schedule an Appointment

BETHEL OUTPATIENT CLINICS

Bethel or a cell phone:
907-543-6442

Landline or phone outside Bethel:
1-800-478-3321 ext 6442

DENTAL CLINIC
907-543-6229

OPTOMETRY CLINIC
907-543-6336

SUB-REGIONAL CLINICS
Aniak     675-4556
Emmonak     949-3500 
Hooper Bay     758-3500
St. Mary’s      438-3500 
Toksook Bay    427-3500 

In order to ensure we offer timely appointments to all of our patients, we ask customers to register 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. If you are unable to keep or make your appointment, please call YKHC Scheduling to cancel or reschedule.

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