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Katie Basile / KYUK

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation has been reporting lower numbers of new COVID-19 cases recently. Over the past two weeks, an average of 23 new cases have been reported per day.

Bethel Winter House

On Monday, Dec. 28, Bethel’s homeless shelter opened its new building, which formerly housed the town’s senior center, to guests for the first time. Jon Cochrane, with Bethel Winter House, said that it’s exciting to finally have a homeless shelter that will be open all year round, not just in the winter.

Patrick Dulin, the developer of the Step Away smartphone app for recovery.
James Evans / University of Alaska Anchorage

People are drinking more as they struggle to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. Tiffany Hall, with Recover Alaska, said that survey statistics indicate that people are using both drugs and alcohol more than they were before the pandemic began.

Loren Holmes / ADN

  A KYUK story about the baby formula shortage in Russian Mission caught the eye of artist and activist CeeJay Johnson, who stepped in to organize a big donation. The U.S. Post Office in Russian Mission has been intermittently closed for nearly half a year. Both the village store and mothers on the Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC) rely on USPS for formula shipments, and have been running dangerously low.


Marshall Goes Damp

Dec 28, 2020
Eighteen packs of beer lined a shelf at the opening of Bethel Native Corporation's Bethel Spirits Liquor Store on on Sept. 27, 2016. The store has only operated for 30 days since its opening.
Dean Swope / KYUK

Residents of Marshall, AK are able to ship alcohol into the community for the first time in over three decades. Voters overturned its alcohol local option status, changing the village from dry to wet. The new law comes with plenty of stipulations.

Katie Basile / KYUK

In last night’s meeting, the Bethel City Council voted to extend COVID-19 related emergency mandates by two months. This includes the airport and mask mandates. It also extended the measure that prevents shut offs for unpaid water bills. 

On Jan. 19, 2021, anyone age 16 or older will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.
Loren Holmes / ADN

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation is vaccinating people against COVID-19 across the region. The health corporation, along with state health experts, held a virtual Q&A on Dec. 22 to answer questions from people who are eligible for the early phase of the vaccines, including Elders and essential workers. 

Loren Holmes / ADN

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation is vaccinating people against COVID-19 across the region. The health corporation, along with state health experts, held a virtual town hall on Dec. 21 to answer questions about the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, and how they are being distributed throughout the region.

Loren Holmes / ADN

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation has nearly completed the first phase of COVID-19 vaccinations. That included frontline health care workers and residents and staff of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Elder’s home in Bethel. YKHC will now begin to vaccinate Elders ages 65 and older, and frontline essential workers. 

Katie Basile / KYUK

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation is beginning the next phase of COVID-19 vaccinations, which includes Elders and frontline essential workers. To answer questions about the vaccines, YKHC hosted a second informational session last night with Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Anne Zink. 

  

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