Anna Rose MacArthur, KYUK - Bethel

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Anna Rose MacArthur is a reporter at KYUK in Bethel.
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Yukon-Kuskokwim hospital operating under crisis standards of care

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It issued a written statement on Wednesday saying that the corporation is operating at capacity and has adopted new clinical guidelines for dispensing care.
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The quality of care is falling in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta as cases surge statewide

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Alaska is reporting the highest COVID-19 case rate per capita of any state, according to the New York Times tracker. The statewide surge in cases is straining resources and staff, causing patients to receive a lower quality of care than before the surge.
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Bethel doctor advises residents to avoid physical risks as hospital beds grow scarce

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Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation Chief of Staff Dr. Ellen Hodges says if Alaskans get hurt, they might not be able to receive adequate health care as surging COVID-19 cases destabilize the state's health care system.
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Search abandoned for plane that sent distress signal near St. Mary’s

Two weekends ago, Alaska State Troopers were notified of an aircraft emergency locator signal activated about 40 miles northwest of the community of St. Mary’s. But no planes were reported overdue.

In Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, rapid testing helped slow fall COVID surge

Widespread use of serial rapid testing changed the course of the pandemic in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

Yukon-Kuskokwim health CEO urges governor to mandate masks and encourage required vaccination

As COVID-19 cases surge across the state, Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation President and CEO Dan Winkelman is urging Gov. Mike Dunleavy to instate public health restrictions to contain the virus’ spread.
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YKHC becomes latest Alaska health care provider to require vaccination

Many other Alaska health care organizations are also requiring their employees to get their COVID-19 vaccines, including Providence Health & Services Alaska and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.
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Troopers arrest Chefornak man for threatening health workers offering COVID vaccines

Alaska State Troopers recently arrested a Chefornak man for a list of charges, including terroristic threatening of health care workers offering COVID-19 vaccines. On July 15, a tribal police officer in Chefornak called the Alaska...
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State steps in to coordinate salmon deliveries to Yukon River communities

Low runs have meant no subsistence fishing for king or chum salmon on the Yukon River this summer, so the Dunleavy administration has asked Fish and Game to coordinate deliveries of salmon other Alaska processors to Yukon River communities.
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18-year-old killed in goose hunting accident in Western Alaska

An 18-year-old died when he was shot while bird hunting with two other young people in Nightmute on April 26.

After rabid foxes found, YKHC urges rabies vaccines for pets

After foxes recently tested positive for rabies in three different YK Delta communities, people should be ready to seek medical attention if they — or their pets — are bitten or scratched.
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State warns Kuskokwim communities to prepare for flooding

Above average snowpack in lower Kuskokwim villages is worrying planners.
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Mekoryuk likely first Alaska community to reach 100% vaccination against COVID-19

The community has had less than 10 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and no one has died from the virus.
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Judge recommends state not uphold Donlin mine water certificate

The Monday decision is just a recommendation. The final decision rests with the commissioner of Alaska's Department of Environmental Conservation.
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Kids can’t get vaccinated yet, but YKHC is getting ready by registering children ages 12 to 15

Southwest Alaska's tribal health organization says it wants to be able to quickly dispense the doses once the authorization comes.
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Management of Kuskokwim king salmon uncertain after Dunleavy order

Last week, Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced that the state was taking control of Alaska’s submerged lands beneath navigable waters.
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Here’s how a mother-daughter team helped vaccinate 98% of Mekoryuk’s population

Virtually everyone in the Southwest Alaska village of 200 residents who is above 16 years old has been vaccinated.
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Two men missing after Chevak fire

And a third of the community is without water and sewer after a fire burned down the old Chevak school on Monday.
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Fire destroys old Chevak school and plans for community center

The fire started in the early hours of Monday morning with winds blowing 40 miles per hour.
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Seattle-based investment firm buys Grant Aviation

The acquisition comes as the airline marks 50 year serving communities primarily in Southwest Alaska and the Aleutian chain.