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Y-K Delta COVID-19 cases reach highest levels in 10 months

Elyssa Loughlin
According to data from YKHC, COVID-19 cases are rising to highs that the Delta hasn't seen in 10 months, since the height of the pandemic in December 2020.

Last week saw the highest seven day case rate of COVID-19 in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta of any week since December 2020. The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation (YKHC) reported 391 new COVID-19 cases in the region from Oct. 4 to Oct. 10. YKHC also reported three new hospitalizations in-region, two medevacs, and one death due to the virus during this one week period.

This is 96 more cases, or a 32% increase in cases, in the region compared to the previous week. Last week, there were 281 new cases, sixhospitalizations, and twodeaths.

Across the Y-K Delta, 14,317 individuals, or 75.7% of the eligible population, are fully vaccinated against the virus, according to state data.

Statewide, there were 6,083 new COVID-19 cases in the past week. During that time, the Y-K Delta made up 6.4% of the state’s new cases.

Alaska has the highest case rate of any state in the nation, according to data from the New York Times. The Bethel Census Area has the nation’s third highest case rate of any county.

In alphabetical order by community, over the past week YKHC announced four cases in Akiachak, fourin Akiak, twoin Alakanuk, 15 in Aniak, 14 in Atmautluak, 46 in Bethel, onenon-region resident in Bethel, one in Chefornak, five in Chevak, 15 in Chuathbaluk, three in Eek, five in Emmonak, four in Hooper Bay, 17 in Kasigluk, seven in Kipnuk, 30 in Kongiganak, one in Kotlik, 13 in Kwethluk, 29 Kwigillingok, seven in Lower Kalskag, 16 in Marshall, four in Mountain Village, 15 in Napakiak, one in Napaskiak, 20 in Nightmute, three in Nunapitchuk, five in Quinhagak, 79 in Russian Mission, two in Scammon Bay, onein St. Mary’s, five in Toksook Bay, twoin Tuluksak, one in Tununak, five in Upper Kalskag, and 10 in unnamed Y-K Delta vllages.

How does the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta compare to state and national trends?

Elyssa Loughlin

Per capita, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta is reporting more COVID-19 cases on average than the state and nation. From Oct. 4 to Oct. 10, YKHC announced an average of 55.9 new COVID-19 cases each day. Per 100,000 people in the region, about 1,348.3 developed COVID-19 in the last seven days. In the same time period, the state announced 834.5 new cases per 100,000 people across Alaska, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced 195.3 cases per 100,000 people across the U.S.

Elyssa Loughlin

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta has a higher vaccination rate than both the state of Alaska and the U.S. So far, 14,317 people in the region have been fully vaccinated against the virus. That’s 75.7% of the eligible population compared to 58.7% of eligible Alaskans who’ve been vaccinated, and 66% of eligible Americans.