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

A small, overcrowded house with a resident that has COVID-19 may sound like a hopeless situation, but that’s not necessarily so.

Rashah McChesney / KTOO

With COVID-19 cases crowding into hospitals, people are being asked to delay other medical procedures if possible. Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation Chief of Staff Dr. Ellen Hodges advised people to take advantage of telemedicine connections to Anchorage in order to potentially avoid traveling for medical care.

Lucy Ivan of Akiak
Photo by Rachel Williams, courtesy of Cynthia Ivan

Editor’s note: Cynthia Ivan is from Akiak on the Kuskokwim River. She wrote this account on Facebook about the death of her grandmother, Lucy Ivan, who had COVID-19. The Anchorage Daily News published a slightly edited and expanded version with the family’s permission. KYUK is republishing the piece with Cynthia Ivan and ADN's permission.

Katie Basile / KYUK

The 11th person in the Y-K Delta, an Elder in their 70s, passed away due to COVID-19 complications on Nov. 20. In the same weekend, from Nov. 20 to 22, seven people were hospitalized in Bethel for the coronavirus.

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

New COVID-19 treatments and vaccines are on the horizon nationwide, and for Alaska.

Bethel Search and Rescue

Kwethluk is struggling to control a major outbreak of the coronavirus in the village. Jordan Fisher, the village COVID-19 Incident Commander, estimates that of the 800 or so people who live in Kwethluk, 150 have been diagnosed with the virus.

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

On Saturday, Nov. 21, there will be two chances to get a COVID-19 test and flu shot in Bethel. The events are free and no appointments are needed.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Cases of COVID-19 continue to increase in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Health professionals like Dan Winkelman, President and CEO of the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation, say that the region needs to lock down for a month to keep local health care facilities from being overwhelmed.

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 10th person in the region died from complications with COVID-19 on Nov. 17. The individual was an Elder in their 90s, according to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation.

Eek, Alaska, February 2019
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

At least one community in the region has entered a month-long lockdown. The Native Village of Eek mandated the community-wide lockdown beginning Nov. 17.

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