Health related stories.

Lena Ayuluk and her grandmother, Albertina Charles, sit surrounded by berries and Labrador tea behind Charles' home in Mertarvik, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

It’s been almost a year since a third of Newtok's residents moved away from their eroding village. Nine miles away in Mertarvik, they’ve gained more than just stable ground. Many say that they are healthier, and living a more traditional Yup’ik lifestyle. 

The Long House Hotel in Bethel, Alaska is one of the locations where the City of Bethel is housing travelers coming from Anchorage who layover in Bethel during the coronavirus pandemic.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

There is no evidence of community spread of the coronavirus in Bethel, and the City of Bethel wants to keep it that way. To do that, the city is offering free lodging, food, and transportation to passengers who travel from Anchorage and layover in Bethel.

Katie Basile / KYUK

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation announced another positive coronavirus case on July 23. The person resides in one of the villages that the healthcare provider serves, but was tested in Anchorage. That person was not in the Yukon-Kuskowim Delta for the past two weeks, which is the timeframe where they would have been exposed or infectious. The person is currently self-isolating in Anchorage.

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As the coronavirus pandemic makes its way to the remote lower Yukon villages, some of them are banding together to lock down their communities to stop the virus from spreading. 

Katie Basile / KYUK

The lower Yukon village of Emmonak is still on lockdown nearly a week after they received word that a resident who tested positive for the coronavirus flew into the community. All travel between villages is banned.

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.
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. 

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Back in May, the wrong fuel caused an Alaska Division of Forestry plane to plummet into freezing water, according to a preliminary National Transportation Safety Board report. 

Bethel Lions Club

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact the economy, more families need food in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. And two organizations are trying to fulfill that demand. 

The Bethel Winter House will open every night at 9 p.m. from December 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018 at the Bethel Evangelical Covenant Church.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Bethel is working on a new location for its homeless shelter.

Dr. Liz Bates prepares for COVID-19 testing at the YKHC testing tent on March 25, 2020.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases related to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta is growing rapidly, with two more announced on July 14. So far, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation has announced 26 cases of COVID-19 related to the region. Half of those cases were confirmed during the past two weeks. YKHC has announced a case nearly every day this month.