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.
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.
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.
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.”