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YK Delta resident tests positive for COVID-19 in Bristol Bay

Late in the evening on June 18, YKHC was informed that an individual who resides in a YK Delta service area village tested positive for COVID-19 while in the Bristol Bay region. The individual was tested in accordance with Health Mandate 17. While the individual remains in Bristol Bay, per State reporting protocols, the positive case will be counted as a YK Delta case. To protect patient privacy, YKHC is not releasing the name of the community the individual is from.

Contact tracing reveals the individual was not in the YK Delta during the period of time they would have been considered infectious for COVID-19. Therefore, local response for contact tracing and follow-up testing is being managed within the Bristol Bay.

Although the State of Alaska has eased restrictions on travel and moved to reopen Alaska’s economy, the pandemic and the public health risks it poses is not over. YKHC urges the public to continue practicing all known protective measures, which helps to prevent spread of the novel coronavirus. Protective measures include: avoid all non-essential travel, 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.

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.