Health related stories.

A COVID-19 testing sample at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation.
Katie Basile / KYUK

On Oct. 20., the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation announced the most devastating COVID-19 numbers to date: 78 new coronavirus cases in a single day. YKHC also reported that a Y-K Delta Elder in their 70s passed away due to COVID-19 complications. Next of kin have been notified. This is the fourth coronavirus-related death for the region.

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation COVID-19 testing tent is located in the YKHC Administrative Building parking lot.
Dean Swope/KYUK

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation is asking everyone in the region to get a flu shot. The health corporation warns in a news release that simultaneous COVID-19 and flu outbreaks in the region could overwhelm the local medical capacity.

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 is urging everyone to stop gathering with people outside their households to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the region. It’s also urging people to stay home if they feel sick.

Mike McIntyre

Chevak is the latest village with evidence of COVID-19 “community spread,” according to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation. The announcement was made jointly with the Chevak Native Village and the City of Chevak in order to warn the public.

Fish drying in Toksook Bay, Alaska.
State of Alaska

Community spread of COVID-19 is occurring in Toksook Bay, according to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation. YKHC announced the news jointly with the Nunakauyarmiut Tribe on Oct. 16, following three recent COVID-19 cases in Toksook Bay that cannot be linked to travel.

Nunapitchuk, Alaska on July 28, 2018.
Petra Harpak / KYUK

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation says that there is no more evidence of community spread of COVID-19 in the village. The news comes exactly a month after YKHC, in partnership with the Native Village of Nunapitchuk and the City of Nunapitchuk, announced evidence of community spread on Sept. 16. The village contained the virus after a long lockdown, during which some families quarantined for weeks.

Gladys Jung Elementary School in Bethel, Alaska.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

A Bethel elementary school teacher tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, Oct. 14. She shared her story with KYUK’s Greg Kim, talking about what her experience with coronavirus has been like.

YKHC tightens visitor restrictions at its Bethel hospital beginning March 19, 2020 to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The first person in the region has been hospitalized in Bethel for COVID-19. The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation admitted the patient on Oct. 15.

Elyssa Loughlin / KYUK

All results from the third round of COVID-19 testing at the Bethel’s Elder’s Home returned negative after a staff member tested positive for the virus last week. The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation runs the facility and tested all staff and residents for the virus on Oct. 9, 12, and 15.

COVID-19 Illustration
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Health officials are warning that the COVID-19 pandemic has reached a critical point that requires everyone in the region to stop gathering with non-household members to slow the spread of the virus.