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Hooper Bay Tribal Administrator Mamie Tinker says that RavnAir and Grant Aviation have complied with the village's request to keep "outsiders" from entering the community.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Several communities in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta are providing residents with "quarantine quarters", where they can quarantine or isolate for 14 days so that they don’t risk spreading COVID-19 to family members and others.

Virginia Lozano and Mary Horgan prepare Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations on December 16, 2020 at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation.
Katie Basile / KYUK

It was a welcome surprise when the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation received nearly three times as many COVID-19 vaccine doses as it had expected.

Katie Basile / KYUK

People in Bethel will begin receiving the region’s first doses of the coronavirus vaccine on Dec. 17. The initial doses will go to residents and workers of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Elder’s Home, and to health care workers who treat people who might have the virus. Nearly 3,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine arrived in Bethel on Dec. 16. KYUK was at the Bethel airport, waiting with the passengers preparing to get on board, as the night jet arrived with one of the shipments.

A picture of the COVID-19 vaccine after the third person in Alaska received it on the morning of Dec. 15, 2020 at the Alaska Native Medical Center.
Jeff Chen / Alaska Public Media

The region’s first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine arrived in Bethel on Dec. 16, and vaccinations will begin on Dec. 17.

Six students graduated last week from the University of Alaska's nursing program housed at the UAF Kuskokwim Campus. Completing a nursing program during a pandemic posed both challenges and opportunities. Ruby Anvil said that she had to go through quarantine as a student, just like regular health care workers.

YKHC is recommending drastic changes for the Y-K Delta, including all schools go to remote learning and 19 villages lock down.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The region’s first doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine are expected to arrive in Bethel on Dec. 16, according to Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation Vice President of Communications Tiffany Zulkosky.

Loren Holmes / ADN

Russian Mission’s post office has been closed on and off for nearly half a year, and that’s made it difficult for parents to feed their infants.

This colorized scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (round blue objects), the virus that causes COVID-19, emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab.
NIAID Rocky Mountain Laboratories

As of Dec. 13, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation has announced a total of 3,095 people who have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Pilot Station on May 16, 2018.
Mike Carpenter

Thirteen communities in the region now have confirmed evidence of community spread of the coronavirus. On Dec. 11, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation announced community spread of COVID-19 in the lower Yukon River communities of Pilot Station and Kotlik.

vaccination shot

Once the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorizes the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine for emergency use, it should arrive in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in a matter of days. When that occurs, the region’s health corporation will immediately begin distributing the vaccine throughout the area.