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Grant Pilot Tests Positive For Coronavirus In Bethel

Grant Aviation pilot tests positive for coronavirus in Bethel.
Credit Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

A Grant Aviation pilot who works in Bethel tested positive for coronavirus on Aug. 11. The regional airline is going through its passenger list dating back to Aug. 3 to trace all contacts. Grant Aviation is working with the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation and the state to notify people who have been exposed. It’s unclear how many people were on those flights.

Anyone who has been on a flight that is considered exposed should quarantine for 14 days. Grant said that upon receiving the positive test result, they immediately began testing other employees. To date, no other employees have tested positive. Grant is deemed critical infrastructure and its employees are required to wear masks; planes are disinfected after each flight.

The news comes after YKHC announced the region's biggest spike in cases on Wednesday, Aug. 13. Five cases have been linked to previously reported cases. YKHC Chief of Staff Dr. Ellen Hodges says that while the cluster has been traced back to travel-related cases, she’s worried that Bethel is on the verge of community spread, which means cases that spread from person to person and cannot be linked to travel.

Anyone who has flown on Grant Aviation flights between these communities during the following dates are considered close contacts. If you are one of these people, please call your village clinic, or call 907-543-6949 if you are in Bethel.

Aug. 3

Morning

Bethel-Mountain Village

Mountain Village-Bethel

St. Mary’s-Bethel

Mt. Village-Bethel

Mid-day/Early Evening

Bethel-Chevak

Bethel-Scammon Bay

Scammon Bay-Hooper Bay

Chevak-Hooper Bay

Chevak-Bethel

Hooper Bay-Bethel

Aug. 4

Morning

Bethel-Kipnuk

Bethel-Chefornak

Kipnuk-Bethel

Chefornak-Bethel

Mid-day/Early Evening

Bethel-Hooper Bay

Hooper Bay-Bethel

Scammon Bay-Bethel

Aug. 6

Morning

Bethel-Scammon Bay

Bethel-Hooper Bay

Scammon Bay-Hooper Bay

Hooper Bay-Bethel

Hooper Bay-Scammon Bay

Scammon Bay-Bethel

Aug. 7

Early Evening

Hooper Bay-Chevak

Chevak-Bethel

Aug. 8

Early Evening

Chevak-Bethel

Aug. 9

Mid-day

Bethel-Hooper Bay

Bethel-Scammon Bay

Bethel-Chevak

Scammon Bay-Bethel

Aug. 10

Mid-day

Bethel-Mt. Village

Bethel-St. Mary’s

Early Evening

Mt. Village-Bethel

St. Mary’s-Bethel