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

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

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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.

‘We Crossed A Line Today’: Dunleavy Orders Statewide Shelter In Place, Limits Travel

Mar 27, 2020
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks at a news conference on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.
Office of the Governor

On March 27, Gov. Mike Dunleavy ordered Alaskans to stay home, and banned most travel across the state as the number of coronavirus cases continues to grow. Earlier that day, the first resident died in the state after testing positive for COVID-19

Rep. Tiffany Zulkosky (D-Bethel) on the Alaska House floor.
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Eighteen Alaska state representatives have asked Gov. Mike Dunleavy to immediately issue a statewide shelter-in-place order. Among them was Democratic Rep. Tiffany Zulkosky of Bethel.

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A coronavirus case has yet to be confirmed in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Even so, regional leaders, businesses, local governments and the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation are taking steps to slow the spread of COVID-19. Ten new cases were announced in Alaska on March 26, bringing the state’s total to 69.