Health related stories.

Courtesy of David Mattson

Back in May, the wrong fuel caused an Alaska Division of Forestry plane to plummet into freezing water, according to a preliminary National Transportation Safety Board report. 

Bethel Lions Club

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact the economy, more families need food in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. And two organizations are trying to fulfill that demand. 

The Bethel Winter House will open every night at 9 p.m. from December 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018 at the Bethel Evangelical Covenant Church.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Bethel is working on a new location for its homeless shelter.

Dr. Liz Bates prepares for COVID-19 testing at the YKHC testing tent on March 25, 2020.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases related to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta is growing rapidly, with two more announced on July 14. So far, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation has announced 26 cases of COVID-19 related to the region. Half of those cases were confirmed during the past two weeks. YKHC has announced a case nearly every day this month.

Greg Kim / KYUK

Over the July 10 weekend, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation confirmed three more positive coronavirus cases. On Saturday, July 11, YKHC said that one Bethel resident tested positive through its free airport testing in Bethel. Also on Saturday, a resident of an unnamed Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta village tested positive in Anchorage.

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Alaska State Troopers have confirmed that on July 13, a child died of injuries that she sustained from a boat collision on the Johnson River, a tributary of the Kuskokwim River. 

Drawings To Keep Us Safe

Jul 14, 2020
Jon Cochrane

There are some brightly colored signs around Bethel telling people to wear masks and wash their hands during the pandemic. These aren’t just words. They are engaging pictures, designed for Bethel Family Clinic by a local woman. 

Katie Basile / KYUK

A boating collision near Bethel on July 12 left one man dead and one child with life-threatening injuries. Two other adults have non-life threatening injuries. The Alaska State Troopers are still investigating. They identified the deceased man as David Berlin of Bethel.

Katie Basile / KYUK

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation confirmed two more positive coronavirus cases from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta on July 9. One of new cases is a family member of a person who was confirmed to be positive earlier this week in a possible travel-related case. Another lives in a Y-K Delta village, but was tested in Anchorage. Both individuals are currently self-isolating.

Alaska’s Top Doctor Lays Out Four Ways To Reduce COVID-19 Exposure

Jul 8, 2020
Dr. Anne Zink, chief medical officer for the State of Alaska, briefed reporters on the coronavirus at a press conference with Gov. Mike Dunleavy on March 10, 2020.
Liz Ruskin / Alaska Public Media

Alaska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink said that Alaskans can slow the spread of COVID-19 by minimizing contact with microdroplets from others in the air.