Y-K Delta COVID-19 Case Rates Declining, But Still High

Dec 30, 2020

Bethel Airport COVID-19 test site, October 29, 2020.
Credit Katie Basile / KYUK

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation has been reporting lower numbers of new COVID-19 cases recently. Over the past two weeks, an average of 23 new cases have been reported per day.

At its peak, the Y-K Delta was discovering 66 new cases per day in a two-week span between Nov. 22 and Dec. 4. The number of new cases is declining in other places around the state as well. Anchorage announced that it will relax some of its COVID-19 restrictions on Jan. 1 because the city’s case rates dropped by 50% in December.


Even with the decline in cases and the arrival of vaccines, the pandemic is far from over. Nationally, Dr. Anthony Fauci has said that there may be a surge in new cases after the holidays. State of Alaska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink said that she is worried about what January and February will look like. 

The Y-K Delta still has the highest case rate in the state. YKHC has recommended that all communities in the region remain in lockdown until the middle of January.