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A Kusko Cab waits for customers outside of the AC Store in Bethel, Alaska on April 1, 2020.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The City of Bethel has made big changes in how taxis operate to protect both cab drivers and passengers from the spread of COVID-19. In new guidelines established April 1, passengers are now banned from sitting in the front seat next to the driver. And with support from Kusko Cab and Alaska Cab, the city is temporarily eliminating the shared ride system.

Acting City Manager Bill Howell says that Bethel could request emergency drivers with commercial driver's licenses from the state in an extreme scenario.
Greg Kim / KYUK

Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta communities are giving their residents a break on their water and sewer bills. The goal is to offer financial relief, as well as provide more water for residents to wash their hands and their homes to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Alex Kim, owner of Chopstix Sushi Restaurant, says he may have to return to Korea if business doesn't pick-up. Bethel restaurants are in peril following mandates that restrict business to delivery and pick-up orders amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. March 31,
Katie Basile / KYUK

Restaurants all over the nation are being ordered to close their doors to avoid spreading the coronavirus, and it's no different in Bethel.

Screengrab from pfd.alaska.gov

Alaskans will have more time to apply for a Permanent Fund dividend this year.

Katie Basile / KYUK

As more people stay home with their kids and families to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the Tundra Women’s Coalition is keeping their doors open for women and children. So far, Bethel’s crisis emergency response network is open to help TWC screen and bring in people experiencing domestic violence.

St. Mary's, Alaska
Courtesy of Walton Smith

KYUK News Director Anna Rose MacArthur and St. Mary's City Manager Walton Smith talked about enforcing travel restrictions and practicing social distancing in order to protect rural communities.  

KYUK Interns Tatyana Avugiak and Kaylee King connect with friends, teachers, and KYUK virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Courtesy of Tatyana Avugiak and Kaylee King

In this time of "hunkering down," kids are at home, many trying to finish their school work remotely. 

Dr. Elizabeth Bates and Registered Nurse Avelina Chung work at the COVID-19 drive-thru test site in Bethel on March 25, 2020.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation by the numbers:

Dr. Elizabeth Bates runs through protocol with a YKHC employee at the COVID-19 drive-thru test site on March 25, 2020 in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

People in Bethel are preparing for the arrival of COVID-19 because the region’s isolation will not protect them.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Hospitals nationwide lack enough face masks to protect their healthcare workers from the coronavirus. Thankfully, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation doesn’t have that problem yet. No cases of the virus have been diagnosed in the region. To remain ahead of the curve, YKHC is distributing kits for community members to assemble masks.

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