Health related stories.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Bethel City Council voted to make a change to Bethel's COVID-19 travel and testing mandates on Feb. 23. According to the new regulations, travelers who have been fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine.

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region is leading the nation in COVID-19 vaccine distribution. In Bethel, community members can even receive a vaccine at the grocery store.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta once led the nation in COVID-19 case rates. But now, in a startling reversal, cases are dropping and the region is now helping lead the nation in vaccinations.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Find out the region's COVID-19 vaccination numbers, case rate, and test positivity rate.

Mary Horgan and Virginia Lozano prepare Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations on December 16, 2020. The first vaccinations in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region will be administered on December 17, 2020.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta no longer has the highest COVID-19 case rate in Alaska.

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

Over the weekend, Gov. Mike Dunleavy allowed Alaska’s COVID-19 emergency declaration to expire. With the expiration of the declaration, the state has no more mandates with regards to COVID-19 safety precautions, only advisories.

A COVID-19 testing sample at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The City of Bethel hit a pandemic milestone by marking one week with no new, confirmed COVID-19 cases. The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation did not announce any new cases from Feb. 11 to Feb. 18, making it the first week with no new cases in the regional hub in six months, since early August 2020.

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 changed its guidelines for people quarantining after being exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Bethel Search and Rescue

On Friday, Feb. 12, a snowmachine accident in Bethel left one man dead; another was medevaced to Anchorage. 

Nastasia "Bea" Xavier

A 33-year-old woman from Pilot Station returned home on Feb. 8 after spending over two months in hospitals. Nastasia “Bea” Xavier recovered after being in a medically induced coma for weeks due to COVID-19 complications. Her mother said that she’s her “miracle child.”


On Jan. 19, 2021, anyone age 16 or older will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.
Loren Holmes / ADN

The number of coronavirus cases in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta is dropping, and the number of people receiving the vaccine is rising.