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YKHC Announces 27th COVID-19 Case

Jul 21, 2020

This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (in yellow), the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells (in blue/pink) cultured in a lab.
Credit National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases – Rocky Mountain Laboratories

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation has announced the 27th case of COVID-19 related to the region. YKHC has now announced more cases in July than in all the preceding months. 

An individual who lives in a Y-K Delta village tested positive for the virus on July 20 while in Anchorage, according to a YKHC press release. YKHC is not releasing the name of the village to protect patient privacy. The individual is self-isolating in Anchorage, and has not been in the region during the time they would have been considered infectious.

This is the only case YKHC has annouced since July 14, a welcome lull following a rapid string of 13 cases announced during the first two weeks of July.

YKHC is offering free coronavirus testing to incoming passengers at airports in Bethel, Aniak, and St. Mary’s, and encourages all travelers to be tested. YKHC also offers free, drive-thru testing at the Bethel hospital every Wednesday from noon to 4 p.m.

The healthcare corporation urges Y-K Delta residents to only travel for essential reasons, wash their hands, keep 6 feet away from others, and wear a mask when in public.