Health related stories.

Dean Swope / KYUK

The Lower Kuskokwim School District is the largest in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Like many school districts, LKSD is currently discussing how to handle the coronavirus outbreak that has infected more 100,000 people worldwide. There have been no confirmed cases in Alaska as of Tuesday, March 10, but there nine people being tested

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Fred Charles Sr., who was reported missing earlier, has been found safe. 

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A 70-year-old Bethel man with dementia has been reported missing since early Friday, March 6, according to a report from the Bethel Police Department. He was last seen near 263 Weber Circle wearing a dark blue coat, black pants, and a blue musher hat. He is approximately 5 feet 5 inches and weighs about 180 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes, and is not wearing his glasses.

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation in Bethel, Alaska.
Greg Kim / KYUK

Health providers across Alaska are preparing to respond to the spread of COVID-19 in their communities. There are no confirmed cases of the virus in Alaska yet, but the state’s leading health officials expect that situation to change. The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation is preparing to respond to possible cases in the region.

Bethel City Council to consider alternative methods of voting due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
City of Bethel

As of last report, there have been no confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus in Alaska. Nevertheless, the City of Bethel is heeding the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s advice to prepare for a greater spread of the virus within the United States. 

Rashah McChesney / Alaska's Energy Desk

Alaska State Troopers released the names of the four passengers who died in a plane crash near the village of Tuntutuliak on Feb. 6.

With the exception of  the pilot, all lived in Kipnuk. The Kipnuk residents are Charlie Carl, 66, Carrie "Girlie" Peter, 45, and her son, Quintin "Muggie" Peter, 18 and Donna Mesak, 42. The pilot was 34-year old Tony Matthews.

Courtesy of Bethel Friends of Canines

In January, one village in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta removed all its stray dogs with the help of two nonprofits, including Bethel Friends of Canines. It took a lot of planning to ensure that the ambitious effort was a success. 

Amara Freeman / KYUK

Cab companies in Bethel have decided to stop accepting Medicaid vouchers for payment. This is important because taxis are a main form of transportation to and from medical appointments for people who travel to Bethel for healthcare.

If you are coughing and feverish, but have not been to China in the last two weeks, you probably just have the seasonal flu. That’s according to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation.

Rashah McChesney / KTOO

Tuntutuliak wants all its stray dogs gone, so the traditional council is working with Bethel Friends of Canines and Alaskan Animal Rescue Friends to catch them all in a first-of-its-kind effort. 

Parents Larissa Evon and Nathaniel Moses of Akiakchak welcomed their child Kayce Riley Lydia Moses on 3:47 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2020, the first baby born in the YKHC hospital this decade.
Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation / Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation

The first baby of 2020 born in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation hospital arrived a few hours after the new decade began. Kayce Riley Lydia Moses arrived at 3:47 a.m. on Jan. 1, according to YKHC. She was born to parents Larissa Evon and Nathaniel Moses of Akiakchak.