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YKHC Dentist David Humphrey holds a test tube at the drive-thru test site where he was helping on April 10, 2020.
Katie Basile / KYUK

On June 29, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation confirmed an additional case of COVID-19 in a Y-K Delta village. The corporation is not releasing the name of the village, but says that the affected individual is not a Y-K Delta resident. This is the 13th case of COVID-19 announced by YKHC.

A COVID-19 test sample is collected from the drive-thru test site run by the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation on April 14, 2020 in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation was notified on June 25 that a Bethel resident tested positive for COVID-19 while at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. YKHC said that the individual has been out of the region for over a week, and was not in Bethel while they were considered infectious. The individual is self-isolating in Anchorage; contact tracing and follow-up testing will be managed there as well. This marks the 12th case of COVID-19 related to the region announced by YKHC.

Liann Walgenbach

On June 25, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation announced that there is a strong likelihood that there is “community spread” of COVID-19 in the village of Napaskiak. This is after a second individual that was in the village tested positive for coronavirus.

Dean Swope/KYUK

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation will begin offering free, weekly coronavirus testing to anyone concerned about possible exposure to the virus.

This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (in yellow), the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells (in blue/pink) cultured in a lab.
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases – Rocky Mountain Laboratories

For the first time, there are indications of community spread of the novel coronavirus occurring in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation announced on June 25 that it “believes there is a strong likelihood of community spread” of COVID-19 occurring in Napaskiak. A resident of the village initially tested positive for the virus last week.

A COVID-19 test sample is collected from the drive-thru test site run by the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation on April 14, 2020 in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation has announced the 11th case of COVID-19 related to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

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

On Wednesday, June 24, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation announced that a Bethel resident tested positive for COVID-19. YKHC said that the individual is in self-isolation now, but had previously traveled to a regional village while they were infectious.

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 that it received news on June 22 that a Bethel resident tested positive for COVID-19 while elsewhere in Alaska.

Greg Kim / KYUK

A resident from a Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta village was in Bristol Bay when they tested positive for the coronavirus on June 18.

Katie Basile / KYUK

A Quinhagak resident and a Napaskiak resident tested positive for coronavirus on June 12 and June 15 respectively. The Quinhagak resident was at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, and the Napaskiak resident was in Bethel when they were tested. On June 18, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation announced that it had tested close contacts of the positive cases using rapid testing, and those returned negative.

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