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The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation recommended that all villages in the region extend their community lockdowns for an additional 30 days, until Jan. 16, 2021.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation is hosting two virtual Q&A sessions for the public to learn more about the coronavirus vaccines coming to the region. Both sessions will occur next week, on Monday, Dec. 21 and Tuesday, Dec. 22.

Liane White, 35, with her children Presely, 14, Jonah, 11, Daniel, 8, and Natalie, 16 months, pictured at her husband's gravesite on the day of his funeral, Nov. 25, 2020.
Courtesy of Liane White

Bethel resident Kevin White was only 35 when COVID-19 took his life. He left behind four children, ages 14 to 16 months. His wife, Liane White, said that no one expected Kevin to have a hard time with the disease.

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

Several communities in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta are providing residents with "quarantine quarters", where they can quarantine or isolate for 14 days so that they don’t risk spreading COVID-19 to family members and others.

Virginia Lozano and Mary Horgan prepare Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations on December 16, 2020 at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation.
Katie Basile / KYUK

It was a welcome surprise when the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation received nearly three times as many COVID-19 vaccine doses as it had expected.

Katie Basile / KYUK

People in Bethel will begin receiving the region’s first doses of the coronavirus vaccine on Dec. 17. The initial doses will go to residents and workers of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Elder’s Home, and to health care workers who treat people who might have the virus. Nearly 3,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine arrived in Bethel on Dec. 16. KYUK was at the Bethel airport, waiting with the passengers preparing to get on board, as the night jet arrived with one of the shipments.

A picture of the COVID-19 vaccine, after the third person in Alaska received it the morning of Dec. 15, 2020, at the Alaska Native Medical Center.
Jeff Chen / Alaska Public Media

The region’s first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine arrived in Bethel on Dec. 16, and vaccinations will begin on Dec. 17.

Six students graduated last week from the University of Alaska's nursing program housed at the UAF Kuskokwim Campus. Completing a nursing program during a pandemic posed both challenges and opportunities. Ruby Anvil said that she had to go through quarantine as a student, just like regular health care workers.

YKHC is recommending drastic changes for the Y-K Delta, including all schools go to remote learning and 19 villages lock down.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The region’s first doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine are expected to arrive in Bethel on Dec. 16, according to Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation Vice President of Communications Tiffany Zulkosky.

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Russian Mission’s post office has been closed on and off for nearly half a year, and that’s made it difficult for parents to feed their infants.