Health related stories.

Yvonne Jackson

Yukon-Kuskokwim Elder’s Home resident Xenia Jackson was one of the first people in the Y-K Delta to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in December 2020. The shot capped off a tumultuous year in which she tested positive for COVID-19.


Kristy Napoka

On Jan. 16, a fire in Tuluksak destroyed the village’s washeteria and water plant building, which was their only source of clean, running water. The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation hosted a meeting for a number of local, state, and federal agencies to address the crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic is just one of several complicating factors. 


Katie Basile / KYUK

Nearly 5,000 people in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and almost a fifth of those people have also received their second dose. That makes more people in the region who have received at least one dose of the vaccine than have tested positive for the virus. Across the region, 4,248 people have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Jan. 20, according to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation.

Kongiganak's tribal police chief (holding cross) and other TPOs receive David Aqvang Evon's body for his burial.
Marcy Daniel

At the end of 2020, a 36-year-old former tribal police officer died from COVID-19. He was to be buried in Kongiganak, a burial which his family in Akiachak couldn’t attend because of travel restrictions. Here’s a story about how people are finding new ways to say goodbye to their loved ones during the pandemic.

KYUK Reporter Greg Kim receives the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine from Public Health Nurse Tammy Kaboord on January 19, 2021 in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation opened eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine to the general population in the entire Y-K Delta on Jan. 19. KYUK reporter Greg Kim documented his experience of getting the vaccine, while talking to others who also received it. 


Kristy Napoka

On Saturday, Jan. 19, a fire destroyed Tuluksak’s only source of clean, running water. Cases of bottled water are sitting in Bethel because airport runway closures and thin river ice have delayed delivery.

On Jan. 19, 2021, anyone age 16 or older will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.
Loren Holmes / ADN

Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 19, everyone in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta aged 16 or older will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The expansion makes the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta the first full region in Alaska, and one of the first areas in the nation, where the vaccine will open to the general population.

Calista Corporation

As COVID-19 cases climb, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation recommends that the entire region remain locked down for another month, through Feb. 28. This is the third consecutive month that the health corporation has advocated for a month-long, region-wide lockdown to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Greg Kim / KYUK

This week, some Bethel residents received their water delivery a day early. On Jan. 10, the City of Bethel wrote on its Facebook page that this was “due to COVID-19 related issues.” 

Loren Holmes / ADN

Over 2,000 people in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Second doses of the vaccine began last week. So far no one in the region has developed anaphylaxis, but short-term side effects are common.