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A syringe contains a dose of a Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020 during a vaccine clinic at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.
Loren Holmes / ADN

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation has updated its recommendations for restrictions on gatherings among fully vaccinated people. YKHC updated its recommendations on March 10 to match new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Forty percent of eligible Y-K Delta residents have gotten both doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, and well over half of eligible residents have gotten at least one shot. Still, after a few weeks of dwindling COVID-19 case counts, that number is beginning to rise.

Dr. Liz Bates prepares for COVID-19 testing at the YKHC testing tent on March 25, 2020. She and Dr. Ellen Hodges were recognized by Sen. Dan Sullivan for leading vaccination efforts in the Y-K Delta.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Two doctors at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation were named “Alaskan of the Week” by U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan. 

Pilot Station on May 16, 2018.
Mike Carpenter

Three Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta communities are facing issues with their water systems: Chevak, Pilot Station, and Tuluksak.

Chevak, Alaska
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In Chevak, the search continues for two men discovered missing after a fire destroyed the old village school. It’s unknown whether the men perished in the fire.

Mark Leary / Bethel Search and Rescue

After 45 days without potable running water, people in the village of Tuluksak are finally able to drink from a local source again. A fire destroyed the community’s water purification plant and washeteria in mid-January. From then until the first week of March, residents had been living on donations of bottled water.


YKHC staff unpacks vials of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 16, 2020 in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Nearly half the people who are eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta have done so. The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation is working to get all the eligible population vaccinated and is taking a personal approach to get there.

U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith is hosting a poetry reading at Bethel's library on August 28, 2018.
Charles Enoch/KYUK

If you ran out of books to read during this pandemic, fear not. The Kuskokwim Consortium Library in Bethel reopens on Tuesday, Mar. 2 for browsing by appointment.


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Pilot Station is under a boil water notice. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conversation issued the public health advisory to the lower Yukon River community on Feb. 25, when it received an alert that the public water system had dropped below 20 PSI on Feb. 24.

The smallest Kasigluk dancer performs with his community dance group at the Cama-i Dance Festival on March 16, 2018 in Bethel, Alaska.
Amara Freeman / KYUK

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta's young population means that the region faces a longer road ahead of it than other areas of the state and country before it can reach herd immunity against COVID-19 through vaccinations.