The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation is in Chevak conducting community-wide coronavirus testing. The Chevak Tribal Council declared a community lockdown on Oct. 12 after a resident tested positive for the virus. That resident is a student at the Chevak school, according to Chevak Superintendent David Lougee.
Two Transportation Security Administration agents who work at the Bethel Alaska Airlines terminal have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began. The most recent employee who tested positive last worked at the airport over a week ago, on Oct. 6. No positive cases are listed among Anchorage's Ted Stevens International Airport workers.
Doctors are advising families to stay home on Halloween this year. At its Oct. 13 meeting, members of the Bethel City Council asked doctors from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation for guidance on whether trick-or-treating can happen later this month. The short answer was not safely, according to YKHC Chief of Staff Dr. Ellen Hodges.
In the coastal community of Kipnuk, only one person has tested positive for COVID-19. Clara Sequak, age 34, tested positive for the virus in Anchorage, and received her positive test result after returning to Kipnuk, her hometown.
A healthcare worker at the Bethel Elder’s Home tested positive for COVID-19. It’s the first reported case connected with the facility. The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation operates the Elder’s Home and received the positive test result on Oct. 9.