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Samples for COVID-19 testing are collected using a cotton swab like the one pictured here from the lab at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation hospital in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The young girl from Quinhagak who tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this week likely was not carrying the virus. 

A COVID-19 test sample is collected from the drive-thru test site run by the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation on April 14, 2020 in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation has completed its initial round of coronavirus testing in Quinhagak. All of the rapid test results have been negative, but hundreds more are currently being processed at a state lab, according to a YKHC news release.

Forestry Plane With Four Aboard Crashes On Takeoff In Aniak

May 28, 2020
Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

An Alaska Division of Forestry plane went down after takeoff in Aniak on May 28. The crash was announced by Gov. Mike Dunleavy at the start of a virtual town hall the same day. The governor said that all four of the people on the plane survived with bumps, bruises, and contusions. 

Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

The Quinhagak resident who tested positive for the coronavirus on May 26 was a girl under the age of 10, according to a press release from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. The child tested positive in Bethel when traveling to town for medical care. The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation quickly dispatched a testing team to Quinhagak, and residents lined up for voluntary testing over the next two days. 


Volunteer Lucas Salzbrun sets up the coronavirus test site outside of the Alaska Airlines Airport Terminal in Bethel, Alaska on April 29, 2020.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation was not at the Bethel airport on Memorial Day to offer coronavirus testing to incoming passengers. In a news release, YKHC said that it didn’t know there was an incoming flight scheduled for that day, and has continued on-site testing as of May 26.

Greg Kim / KYUK

On May 26, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation confirmed a third case of coronavirus in an unnamed village resident, days after Gov. Mike Dunleavy lifted many restrictions that had been instituted to slow the spread of the virus. 

Volunteer Lucas Salzbrun hands out swabs and gives directions on how to do a self-swab at the airport coronavirus test site in Bethel, Alaska on April 29, 2020.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation is urging all airline passengers arriving in Bethel to get tested for the coronavirus. YKHC CEO and President Dan Winkelman is also calling on the governor and employers to encourage volunteer testing.

Alaska Businesses Can Operate At Full Capacity On Friday, Gov. Dunleavy Says

May 20, 2020
Office of the Governor

Alaska businesses can open at full capacity on Friday and sports can resume, Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced Tuesday evening.

Courtesy of Jacob Tobeluk

There are two confirmed positive coronavirus cases in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta so far: one in the hub of Bethel, and the other in the small village of Nunapitchuk. Now Nunapitchuk residents are grappling with a positive case of coronavirus on the heels of the worst flooding in several years. 


Nunapitchuk declared a lockdown on May 15 after a traveler to the village tested positive for COVID-19. The lockdown comes a week after the community experienced its worst flooding in a decade, pictured here on May 8, 2020.
JACOB TOBELUK

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation said that the person was traveling from Anchorage when they tested positive at the Bethel airport before heading to a nearby village the same day. YKHC received the confirmed lab results on Friday, May 15.


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