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Elyssa Loughlin / KYUK

All results from the third round of COVID-19 testing at the Bethel’s Elder’s Home returned negative after a staff member tested positive for the virus last week. The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation runs the facility and tested all staff and residents for the virus on Oct. 9, 12, and 15.

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

Health officials are warning that the COVID-19 pandemic has reached a critical point that requires everyone in the region to stop gathering with non-household members to slow the spread of the virus.


Courtesy of Dan Sullivan

Incumbent Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan said that he’s been doing a good job for rural Alaska, and wants another term in the U.S. Senate. He pointed to his support of public safety funding, and to Attorney General William Barr’s allocation of federal money for rural policing as proof of his effectiveness.

Mike McIntyre

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation is in Chevak conducting community-wide coronavirus testing. The Chevak Tribal Council declared a community lockdown on Oct. 12 after a resident tested positive for the virus. That resident is a student at the Chevak school, according to Chevak Superintendent David Lougee.

The Alaska Airlines terminal in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Two Transportation Security Administration agents who work at the Bethel Alaska Airlines terminal have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began. The most recent employee who tested positive last worked at the airport over a week ago, on Oct. 6. No positive cases are listed among Anchorage's Ted Stevens International Airport workers.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

The low chum salmon run on the Yukon River last summer was foreshadowed by the low number of juvenile chums caught three years earlier in the Northern Bering Sea Trawl survey. That 2017 catch was the lowest since the trawl survey began early this century.  

Trick or Treaters sprint to Bev Hoffman and John McDonald's haunted house in Bethel on Oct. 31, 2017.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Doctors are advising families to stay home on Halloween this year. At its Oct. 13 meeting, members of the Bethel City Council asked doctors from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation for guidance on whether trick-or-treating can happen later this month. The short answer was not safely, according to YKHC Chief of Staff Dr. Ellen Hodges. 

Bethel City Council meeting wrap-up for November 28, 2017.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

On Oct. 13, the Bethel City Council said hello and goodbye to a number of new and old faces. Newly elected Rose “Sugar” Henderson joined for her first meeting, while council members thanked Hugh Dyment for his service since April. Mayor Perry Barr said that Dyment provided experience and a steady hand on the city council as it began to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic. 

Bethel Police identified one of the suspects in the ALASKAbuds break-in and burglary, a 14 or 15-year-old boy.
Bethel Police Department

Bethel police found a man dead in a steam house in Bethel’s Blueberry subdivision on Oct. 13. 

Fishermen boat across the Yukon River near Emmonak during the final summer chum commercial opening of the season on July 15, 2019.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

The lower Yukon River community of Emmonak ended its lockdown on Oct. 12. The Tribal Council had implemented the two-week lockdown after a resident tested positive for COVID-19 late last month. 

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