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Olivia Ebertz

News Reporter
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.”

On City Corner this week, KYUK’s municipal reporter Christine Trudeau brings us an excerpt from today’s show, which airs Monday, July 3 at 11 a.m., where she sat down with City Manager Pete Williams to get the latest.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Before the Bethel City Council on Nov. 24 are minor updates to the city’s airport testing mandate. Some of the language is changed to refer to new state health orders. The existing requirements for testing and quarantining for people arriving in Bethel would remain the same.

A COVID-19 testing sample at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation.
Katie Basile / KYUK

On Saturday, Nov. 21, there will be two chances to get a COVID-19 test and flu shot in Bethel. The events are free and no appointments are needed.

AVEC power plant in Bethel, Alaska.
Lenny Welch / AVEC

All of Napakiak and portions of Bethel will lose power this coming Saturday, Nov. 21. The planned outage will last from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.

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

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta’s health corporation warns that the region’s rising COVID-19 surge could soon overwhelm the local health care system. To prevent that, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation is calling for the first region-wide lockdown to slow the spread of the virus.