Bethel Native Corporation Building in Bethel, Alaska.
Izaak Bruce via Google Maps

Bethel Native Corporation’s shareholders will get a slightly higher dividend this year: 7 cents more per share than last year. That’s a total of $408 for 100 shares.

Katie Basile / KYUK

On Nov. 24, the Bethel City Council discussed the idea of a lockdown mandate, but only made some minor changes to the existing requirement for COVID-19 testing at the airport.

Lower Kuskokwim School District

The Lower Kuskokwim School District, like most school districts in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, will be in high-risk mode with remote learning through the end of the semester. This action comes at the recommendation of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation.

COVID-19 Illustration
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

On Nov. 25, the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation announced that a resident of the region died due to complications of COVID-19.

Elyssa Loughlin / KYUK

Another resident of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation's long term care facility in Bethel tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 25. YKHC said that the person is currently asymptomatic and is self-isolating.

Ravn Alaska prepares to board a de Havilland Dash 8 for a flight from Dillingham and King Salmon to Anchorage.
Avery Lill / KDLG

Ravn Alaska plans to resume flights between Aniak and Anchorage the first week of January 2021.

This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (in yellow), the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells (in blue/pink) cultured in a lab.
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases – Rocky Mountain Laboratories

Kongiganak has community spread of COVID-19, according to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation. Numerous recent cases there could not be linked to travel, which means that the virus is spreading, in some cases undetected, within the community.

Calista Corporation

Nearly all tribal councils across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta have locked down their villages to slow the spread of COVID-19. In a virtual town hall on Nov. 23, Association of Village Council Presidents CEO Vivian Korthuis said that at least 45 of the region’s 48 communities “are in either lockdown, hunker down, or shelter in place.”

Mark Leary / Bethel Search and Rescue

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation has determined that community spread of COVID-19 is occurring in Tuluksak. Numerous recent cases there could not be linked to travel, which means that the virus is spreading, in some cases undetected, within the community.

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation hospital in Bethel, Alaska.
Greg Kim / KYUK

With Thanksgiving approaching, health officials are urging everyone in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta to stay home this holiday to prevent spreading COVID-19. Hospitals across the state are filling up, and cases could soon overwhelm the local health care system.


COVID-19 case count for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, updated daily M-F.


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