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Mike McIntyre

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.

The Alaska Airlines terminal in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

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.

Trick or Treaters sprint to Bev Hoffman and John McDonald's haunted house in Bethel on Oct. 31, 2017.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

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. 

Bethel Police identified one of the suspects in the ALASKAbuds break-in and burglary, a 14 or 15-year-old boy.
Bethel Police Department

Bethel police found a man dead in a steam house in Bethel’s Blueberry subdivision on Oct. 13. 

Fishermen boat across the Yukon River near Emmonak during the final summer chum commercial opening of the season on July 15, 2019.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

The lower Yukon River community of Emmonak ended its lockdown on Oct. 12. The Tribal Council had implemented the two-week lockdown after a resident tested positive for COVID-19 late last month. 

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

As coronavirus cases increase in the region, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation is expanding public testing and urging everyone to stop gathering with people outside their household.

An employee at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation Elder's Home in Bethel, Alaska tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 9, 2020.
Elyssa Loughlin / KYUK

Coronavirus testing continues at the Bethel Elder’s Home after an employee tested positive for the virus last week.

Update Oct. 12, 2020 7 p.m.: Bethel police report that Christopher Charles Jr., age 12, has been found and returned home after missing for four days.

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.


Elyssa Loughlin / KYUK

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. 

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