The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation announced that it received news on June 22 that a Bethel resident tested positive for COVID-19 while elsewhere in Alaska.
YKHC says that the individual has been out of the Y-K Delta for several weeks, so no one within the region would have been exposed to the individual while they were infectious. YKHC said that contact tracing and follow-up testing would be managed where the person is currently located. This marks the ninth positive case of COVID-19 that the regional health corporation has announced.
Although the state has reopened most of the economy, 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 not go see a medical provider, but instead to call their village clinic or the Bethel hospital at 907-543-6949.