Y-K Delta Resident Tests Positive For Coronavirus In Bristol Bay Region

Credit Greg Kim / KYUK

A resident from a Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta village was in Bristol Bay when they tested positive for the coronavirus on June 18.

YKHC says that the person was not residing in the village during the time of infection, so contact tracing will be performed in Bristol Bay. The name of the resident’s village has not been released. Since the resident lives in the Y-K Delta region, it counts as a YKHC case.

So far, YKHC has confirmed eight cases from or related to someone who resides in the region since March. Alaska has a total of 253 active coronavirus cases as of June 19.

YKHC urges the public to continue to avoid non-essential travel, practice handwashing and social distancing, wear a mask in public, and frequently disinfect high-touch surfaces in their homes.

Symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, include fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea, and a diminished sense of taste or smell. Anyone with these symptoms is asked to call their village clinic or the Bethel hospital at 907-543-6949.