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A picture of the COVID-19 vaccine after the third person in Alaska received it on the morning of Dec. 15, 2020 at the Alaska Native Medical Center.
Jeff Chen / Alaska Public Media

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation is asking all parents and guardians of 12 to 15-year-olds to sign their child up for a COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine is not yet authorized for this age group, but the health corporation wants to be able to quickly dispense the vaccine to these adolescents if the authorization comes. 

YKHC Mekoryuk health aides Linda Davis (left) and Shara Davis (right) have helped vaccinate 98% of their community's eligible population against COVID-19.
YKHC

Of all the communities in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta with public vaccination data, Mekoryuk on Nunivak Island has the highest amount of its eligible population vaccinated against COVID-19. Ninety-eight percent of residents age 16 and older have gotten their shots. Meet the mother-daughter health aide team who has helped their community reach this goal.


Virginia Lozano places Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines in a freezer at YKHC on December 17, 2020 in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Once again, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta has the highest COVID-19 case rate of any region in Alaska.

Christine Trudeau / KYUK

In their March 23 meeting, Bethel City Council approved extending a series of emergency mandates related to the COVID-19 pandemic. For at least another 60 days, the council will keep the general emergency mandate, the mask mandate, and there will be no shutting off of water service.

A health care provider places a band-aid on the injection site of a patient who just received a flu vaccine.
Lauren Bishop / CDC

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation received its first shipment of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine this month. 

A swab and tube for specimen collection in the lab at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

COVID-19 cases are ticking upwards in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, but many factors make these outbreaks more contained than previous ones.

Y-K Delta COVID-19 Case Count

Mar 16, 2021
Olivia Ebertz

Everyone in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta aged 16 or older is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, as of Jan. 19. To sign up for a vaccine, fill out this online form from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation.

A fire destroyed the old Chevak school on March 8, 2021.
Greg Slats

State troopers have released the names of the men who went missing after a fire destroyed the old Chevak school last week.

A picture of the COVID-19 vaccine after the third person in Alaska received it on the morning of Dec. 15, 2020 at the Alaska Native Medical Center.
Jeff Chen / Alaska Public Media

Over half the eligible population in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta has received at least one COVID-19 vaccine, and 40% have been fully vaccinated with two doses. Vaccination level varies by community. Find out what percentage of the eligible population in your community has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

An employee at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation Elder's Home in Bethel, Alaska tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 9, 2020.
Elyssa Loughlin / KYUK

The Bethel Elder’s Home is reopening to in-person visitors after nearly an entire year of limiting visits to video and phone calls. The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation operates the facility and has put a list of restrictions into effect.

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