Health related stories.

The YKHC Aniak COVID-19 airport screening team.

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation wants everyone who travels into the region from Anchorage to get tested for the coronavirus, and it’s trying to make the process as easy as possible. 

Katie Basile / KYUK

Test results have come back for the latest round of COVID-19 tests conducted in Napaskiak. Less than half of the village volunteered for testing this time, but all of those who did tested negative. 

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation urged residents with botulism symptoms to seek medical attention.
Dean Swope/KYUK

Access to two key Bethel Hospital services is changing. The entrance to the emergency room and the location of the COVID-19 testing tent are both moving during the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation’s ongoing construction.  

A positive case of COVID-19 in Mountain Village has a school district and a contracting company rethinking their coronavirus policies. The school district and the employer of the individual who tested positive have revealed that workers did not get tested for coronavirus before arriving in the village, and that they interacted with the community in their first few days there.

Samples for COVID-19 testing are collected using a cotton swab like the one pictured here from the lab at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation hospital in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation announced two more cases of COVID-19 over the weekend. These are the 16th and 17th cases related to the region.

AFN Co-Chair Ana Hoffman, YKHC Chief of Staff Dr. Ellen Hodges, and Alaska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink discuss the resiliency of the Y-K Delta amid the coronavirus pandemic during a Zoom call on July 2, 2020.
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The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation has announced more than a dozen cases of COVID-19 related to the region. As case counts rise, agencies and individuals continue to look for ways to keep our communities safe. Ana Hoffman is the co-chair of the Alaska Federation of Natives and a Bethel community member. She has been listening to people’s questions, and presented them to Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Anne Zink, and to YKHC Chief of Staff Dr. Ellen Hodges for a discussion to air on KYUK.

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

On July 2, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation announced two new cases of COVID-19, the first time it has confirmed two cases in one day. These mark the 14th and 15th cases of coronavirus that YKHC has announced.

Liann Walgenbach

On June 25, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation announced that there was likely "community spread" of COVID-19 in Napaskiak. The announcement came after two people who were in the village tested positive for COVID-19. The next week, Napaskiak officials issued a press release saying that the village has since experienced “humiliation, discrimination, and feeling victimized.”

On June 29, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation confirmed an additional case of COVID-19 in a Y-K Delta village. The next day, the Lower Yukon School District announced that the positive case was one of its contractors working in Mountain Village.

The Bethel City Council will hold a special meeting to discuss increasing the police chief salary and adding a fund to provide homelessness services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The City of Bethel has upgraded its response to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the region. Over the past month, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation announced ten cases of the coronavirus. In an effort to prevent further spread of the virus in the region, Bethel is offering a free quarantine option to individuals who arrive from Anchorage.