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The Bethel Regional High School Warriors played in the regional conference basketball tournament in Anchorage on March 13, a day after the first case of COVID-19 in Alaska was announced.
Greg Lincoln / Delta Discovery

The Bethel Warriors and Lady Warriors played their Regional Conference basketball tournament in Anchorage on Friday, March 13. One day earlier, Alaska’s first positive case of the novel coronavirus had been announced; the infected person was in Anchorage. Lower Kuskokwim School District Superintendent Dan Walker explained his decision to let the boys and girls play in what he says is likely to be the last student activity of the school year.

Leadership Visible In Bush As Pandemic Looms

Mar 19, 2020
Alaska Public Media

The news about the coronavirus is originating in the cities. As of March 19, all of Alaska’s nine identified cases of COVID-19 are in population centers. But media accounts, emergency orders, and protective measures reach all over the state. Hundreds of miles away from any positive test results, even the smallest villages in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta are now trying to make their homes and communities safer. KYUK surveyed 10 area villages to see what they were doing. 

Alaska COVID-19 Count Jumps To 9 Cases With Patients In Anchorage, Seward

Mar 18, 2020
Joey Mendolia / APM

Three new cases of COVID-19 have brought the total number of people infected by the coronavirus in Alaska to nine. Dr. Anne Zink, the state chief medical officer, says all three of the cases were travel related: one person traveled to Europe, the other two returned from the lower 48. All nine cases so far in the state involved recent out-of-state travel.

Katie Basile / KYUK

On March 17, Gov. Mike Dunleavy's administration tightened restrictions on people returning to Alaska from outside the state. Travelers have now been divided into high and medium risk groups, and the administration has issued state mandates for how these travelers must socially distance themselves.

State Bans Restaurant Dining As Alaska’s Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Grow To 6

Mar 17, 2020
Dr. Anne Zink, chief medical officer for the State of Alaska, briefed reporters on the coronavirus at a press conference with Gov. Mike Dunleavy on March 10, 2020.
Liz Ruskin / Alaska Public Media

The closure lasts through April 1. It also applies to all entertainment facilities, including theaters, gyms, bowling alleys, and bingo halls.

The Alaska House State Affairs Committee is live-streaming a hearing on COVID-19. Those testifying at the Juneau hearing include Nirav Shah, senior scholar at the Stanford Medical Center; Thomas Pueyo, a computer modeler and mathematician; Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Incident Commander Bryan Fisher; and Nils Andreassen, executive director of the Alaska Municipal League. The testimony will focus on the spread of infectious diseases and other relevant areas as lawmakers work to enact policies that will protect the health of Alaskans.

KYUK Updates On the Coronavirus Outbreak

Mar 17, 2020

The Y-K Delta has its first confirmed positive case of COVID-19 in Bethel. On March 27, Gov. Mike Dunleavy ordered Alaskans to stay home, and banned most travel across the state as the number of coronavirus cases continues to grow. Several residents have died in the state after testing positive for COVID-19. There are no confirmed positive cases of the novel coronavirus in the Y-K Delta. KYUK will update this page as new information develops about the novel coronavirus in Alaska and the Y-K Delta.

A million Alaska Airlines miles have been reported stolen from the Bethel Family Clinic.
KYUK Staff

Bethel Family Clinic is adjusting its operations due to the coronavirus risk in Alaska. The dental clinic is not accepting elective, nonessential procedures, and the medical side is referring patients that call in with COVID-19 symptoms to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation for a thorough examination. 


The Piniiq Dancers, a troupe founded by BRHS' wrestling team, performed at the Cama-i Dance Festival for the first time on March 17, 2018.
Aleina Tanabe/KYUK

The list of events postponed or canceled due to the novel coronavirus grows longer by the day. Here are some of the ones that especially affect the Y-K Delta. Please email to let us know about changes in your organization. This list will be updated as information is gathered.

A man in a Halloween mask stole nearly $3,000 from Bethel's VFW Bingo Hall on November 14, 2017.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Organizations and businesses in the Y-K Delta have closed their doors by choice or governmnet mandate to aid social distancing and limit the chance of spreading COVID-19. Other groups are remaining open and taking steps to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. KYUK will keep this list updated with organizations that are open or closed. Please email to let us know about changes at your organization.