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United States Army

Last month Kwethluk lost an elder - a man who had done everything, from guarding his community against wartime attack, to later teaching youngsters everything: from how to fish and hunt, to how to enjoy life.  

Courtesy Mike Carpenter

The post offices in Kwethluk and Pilot Station have been closed for weeks because employees were infected with COVID-19. The closures have threatened people’s health.


The Bethel Winter House, located in the Bethel Evangelical Covenant Church, provides a warm place for people to sleep during the coldest months of the year.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Bethel’s Winter House is hard pressed now, but the city’s homeless shelter is looking forward to opening its new facility the day after Christmas.

Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center
Aleina Tanabe / KYUK

Updated Dec. 5, 2020 12:57 p.m. to reflect the latest COVID-19 cases at the Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center.

A health care provider places a band-aid on the injection site of a patient who just received a flu vaccine.
Lauren Bishop / CDC

On Saturday, Dec. 5, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation is offering COVID-19 testing and flu vaccines at new locations in Bethel.

Donna Xavier-Fancyboy

A 37-year-old man in Pilot Station died from COVID-19 at the village health clinic before he could be transported to a hospital. Stormy conditions prevented a medevac from reaching him.


COVID-19 Illustration
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

On Nov. 25, the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation announced that a resident of the region died due to complications of COVID-19.

Elyssa Loughlin / KYUK

Another resident of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation's long term care facility in Bethel tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 25. YKHC said that the person is currently asymptomatic and is self-isolating.

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

Kongiganak has community spread of COVID-19, according to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation. Numerous recent cases there could not be linked to travel, which means that the virus is spreading, in some cases undetected, within the community.

Calista Corporation

Nearly all tribal councils across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta have locked down their villages to slow the spread of COVID-19. In a virtual town hall on Nov. 23, Association of Village Council Presidents CEO Vivian Korthuis said that at least 45 of the region’s 48 communities “are in either lockdown, hunker down, or shelter in place.”

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