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Hooper Bay Tribal Administrator Mamie Tinker says that RavnAir and Grant Aviation have complied with the village's request to keep "outsiders" from entering the community.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The number of villages in the Y-K Delta that are enacting travel restrictions in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus has been growing by the day. KYUK knows of over 20 villages that are telling their residents not to leave and outsiders not to enter, but how are these villages enforcing those restrictions? Three Y-K Delta villages shared three different approaches.

A home in Lower Kalskag was newly connected with running water in the fall of 2019.
Greg Kim / KYUK

Many more people in Y-K Delta villages will soon have access to running water to wash their hands during the coronavirus outbreak. On March 24, the Alaska Rural Utility Collaborative (ARUC)’s advisory committee voted to reconnect running water to homes that were unable to pay for it. 

On March 25, Bethel City Council adopted its second emergency ordinance in as many days.
City of Bethel

Bethel has officially declared a local emergency disaster. In an emergency meeting on March 25, Bethel City Council unanimously adopted the emergency ordinance. Aside from requesting funding from the state and federal governments, it issued strong health recommendations to Bethel residents. City administration explained what those recommendations are and how the city plans to enforce them.

YKHC Suspends All Out-of-Region Business Travel

Mar 24, 2020
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation tightened employee travel restrictions on Tuesday, March 24. The organization eliminated all out-of-region business travel by its employees, effective immediately. 

Katie Basile

The COVID-19 pandemic is hitting Alaska just as companies involved in processing salmon are preparing for the summer fisheries.

Dunleavy Administration Mandates 2-Week Quarantine For People Traveling Into Alaska

Mar 24, 2020
Gov. Mike Dunleavy talks to reporters at a press conference about the novel coronavirus in early March 2020.
Joey Mendolia / APM

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration announced March 23 that anyone entering Alaska from Outside must self-quarantine themselves for 14 days as the number of known coronavirus cases in the state continues to grow.

Swanson's employees stock shelves in Bethel on March 23, 2020.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Grocery stores in Bethel are setting aside designated shopping hours meant to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus to those populations most likely to become severly ill with COVID-19.

Thom Leonard

The Calista Corporation has closed its doors to all visitors in both Bethel and Anchorage.

On March 25, Bethel City Council adopted its second emergency ordinance in as many days.
City of Bethel

Beginning weeks ago, before any confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Alaska, the City of Bethel and its emergency responders began preparing for the scenario of the novel coronavirus reaching Bethel.

Calista Corporation

Villages across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta are figuring out how they can protect their communities from the spread of COVID-19. With Elders to care for, sparse health care infrastructure, overcrowded homes, and limited access to running water, some villages are taking drastic actions, like suspending all travel. Each village has taken a different approach to enforcing these restrictions. KYUK will update this list with community action plans as they emerge.