Health related stories.

Kristy Napoka

On Saturday, Jan. 16, a fire destroyed Tuluksak’s only source of clean, running water. Cases of bottled water are sitting in Bethel because airport runway closures and thin river ice have delayed delivery.

On Jan. 19, 2021, anyone age 16 or older will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.
Loren Holmes / ADN

Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 19, everyone in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta aged 16 or older will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The expansion makes the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta the first full region in Alaska, and one of the first areas in the nation, where the vaccine will open to the general population.

Calista Corporation

As COVID-19 cases climb, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation recommends that the entire region remain locked down for another month, through Feb. 28. This is the third consecutive month that the health corporation has advocated for a month-long, region-wide lockdown to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Greg Kim / KYUK

This week, some Bethel residents received their water delivery a day early. On Jan. 10, the City of Bethel wrote on its Facebook page that this was “due to COVID-19 related issues.” 

Loren Holmes / ADN

Over 2,000 people in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Second doses of the vaccine began last week. So far no one in the region has developed anaphylaxis, but short-term side effects are common.

Loren Holmes / ADN

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta is one of the few places in the nation where, across most of the region, the general public is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. The tribal health corporation has been able to rapidly expand vaccine eligibility for two reasons. First, it received more doses than expected. Second, many people declined to take it.

Earl Atchak

Chevak's Kashunamiut School District Superintendent, David Lougee, died from COVID-19 complications on Jan. 10. Lougee had been hospitalized at PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center, a hospital spokesperson said.

The Kuskokwim River at Red Devil on May 1, 2018.
National Weather Service, Alaska, River Watch

The former mining town of Red Devil sits far upriver on the Kuskokwim. It’s a tiny town with a lot of big issues to tackle, and no forms of government to do so. 

Loren Holmes / ADN

This week, people in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta are beginning to receive their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Already over 1,550 people in the region have received their first dose. While many areas of the nation are behind schedule in their COVID-19 vaccinations, the opposite is happening in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

Loren Holmes / ADN

Beginning Monday, Jan. 11, many more people will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.