Delta Western, the fuel delivery service in Bethel, has temporarily closed after multiple employees tested positive for COVID-19. Seven Delta Western employees in Bethel have tested positive for the virus since Oct. 1, according to Vice President of Marketing and Communications Thien-Di Do. The company closed its Bethel site on Oct. 8 and plans to reopen on Oct. 12.
Some Delta Western workers fly into Bethel from Anchorage on a two-week-on, two-week-off schedule. “All of our rotational employees are required to take a COVID test prior to beginning their rotation in Bethel,” Do wrote in an email. “Should an employee test positive, they would not be allowed to work. In addition, we have strict procedures with all of our employees, rotational and local, in place to sanitize and clean our trucks and equipment. We require that all of our employees wear masks at work as well as follow our COVID plan, which is filed with the State of Alaska and publicly available for review.”
During the closure, Delta Western is continuing its commercial delivery schedule.