Y-K Delta COVID-19 Case Numbers At Lowest Since September

Apr 23, 2021

New COVID-19 cases reported in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta since September 2020.
Credit Olivia Ebertz / KYUK

The number of COVID-19 cases in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta is the lowest it has been since September 2020.

In the last 14 days, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation has announced 47 cases of COVID-19. 

The Y-K Delta is on the brink of moving from an area with “high transmission” of COVID-19 to an area with “substantial transmission.” According to YKHC, the threshold is 25 cases in the region per week. YKHC has said that getting out of the “high transmission” category is one of the criteria for being able to safely send students of all grades back to in-person school.

The number of new cases in the past two weeks is almost 20 times lower than it was during a two-week span between Nov. 22 and Dec. 4, which was the peak of COVID-19 case counts in the Y-K Delta. Case counts started to decline in December, and have continued to go down as more people have gotten vaccinated against COVID-19.

As of April 16, YKHC reported that it had vaccinated over 12,085 Y-K Delta residents, which is over 60% of the region’s eligible population.