COVID-19 surge in Y-K Delta continues with 92 new cases on Wednesday

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Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Center (Greg Kim/KYUK)

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation announced 92 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, following a report of 78 new infections the day before.

Based on 14-day averages, the Y-K Delta now has the highest number of COVID-19 cases per capita in Alaska, according to the state Department of Health and Social Services. The Y-K Delta has about 36 cases per 100,000 residents, while the rate statewide is about 26 cases per 100,000 residents.

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The majority of new cases in the Y-K Delta are occurring in areas where community spread is known to be occurring.

Fifty-one of Wednesday’s cases are in Chevak, 22 in Quinhagak, and 16 in Bethel. Also, two of the new cases are in Kwethluk, and one case is in an unnamed Y-K Delta village. YKHC also announced this week that a fourth Alaskans from the region has died from COVID-19. Two of the deaths were Elders in their 70s or 80s.

As of Wednesday, there were 247 active cases of COVID-19 in the region. YKHC has reported 502 cases since the pandemic began.