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YKHC uses Lab Corp to avoid lab delays

On Monday, November 2, YKHC was notified by the ANMC that three of their COVID-19 molecular analyzers are down and could take roughly a week to get online. YKHC does not currently process standard COVID-19 PCR tests in-house, so the turnaround time to receive results is dependent on the volume of testing being sent and processed by ANMC’s lab.

Prior to notification of the offline equipment, lab processing took 5-7 days. As a result of the offline equipment, it is estimated that ANMC’s processing of COVID-19 tests could now take 10-13 days.

In an effort to avoid lengthy delays for YKHC customers tested for COVID-19, YKHC will pay considerable expense to have a private lab, Lab Corp, used to process COVID-19 samples. Processing time through Lab Corp is expected to remain at 5-7 days. We understand the concern many may feel while waiting for lab results and YKHC remains committed to doing all we can to receiving timely results for our customers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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.