Update on positive COVID-19 case in the YK Delta

Because YKHC has been preparing for the region’s first COVID-19 case since February, we had numerous systems in place to support the response last night. Immediately upon receiving lab confirmation of the positive COVID-19 test result, YKHC staff informed the individual tested and instructed them to continue to self-isolate.

Additionally, YKHC staff worked closely with State Epidemiology and Public Health Nursing to identify all individuals who were considered a “close contact” of the person who tested positive. Close contacts are any person who was within six feet for more than 5-10 minutes of the individual who tested positive. All individuals who were a close contact with the positive case have been identified. We have been able to contact a majority of the close contacts to offer testing and instruct them to self-isolate. To protect patient confidentiality, we cannot elaborate any further at this time.

Each and every positive case identified in the region will follow this same detailed and rigorous process, though YKHC may not offer this type of update for each case. We encourage everyone to practice good protective measures that prevent transmission of this virus, including: social distancing, shelter in place when possible, wash hands frequently, and disinfect highly touched surfaces often.

As a reminder, symptoms of COVID-19 include a fever and a cough, sometimes causing shortness of breath. 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.

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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

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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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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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