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 COVID-19 spike shows pandemic could be ‘out of control’

Health officials are urging residents of the Y-K Delta to avoid all gatherings after 126 new cases were reported in the past two weeks.

COVID-19 puts 3 Southwest Alaska villages into lockdown

At least three Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta communities are in lockdown after residents tested positive for COVID-19: Quinhagak, Kipnuk and Kasigluk.
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Aniak honors 5 teenagers who rescued survivors from plane crash

The teenagers helped pull the survivors from a Division of Forestry plane that crashed into a lake this spring.
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Halfway through July, number of COVID-19 cases tied to Y-K Delta doubles

So far, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation has announced 26 cases of COVID-19 related to the region.

Napaskiak residents asked to shelter in place after COVID-19 case identified

A Napaskiak resident tested positive for COVID-19 last week, and officials worry about community spread of the virus in the small Southwest Alaska village of about 400 people.

Second test on Quinhagak girl suggests false positive

After a girl under the age of 10 reportedly tested positive in the Southwest Alaska village of Quinhagak, health officials now say that they believe that test result was incorrect.

A young girl tested positive for coronavirus in Quinhagak, but leaders say they’re ready

Representatives from the regional health corporation landed in the village within hours of the announcement and immediately began testing community members.

Health corporation urges coronavirus testing for anyone traveling to Bethel

Healthcare workers are worried after the first case in the region outside of Bethel was reported last week.

Special hunt opens for two musk ox stranded on island off of Nunivak coast

Biologists fear the animals will starve on the small island that lacks fresh water and enough vegetation

Nunapitchuk, a small village in the Y-K Delta, is in lockdown after a positive test for COVID-19

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation said that the person was traveling from Anchorage when they tested positive at the Bethel airport before heading to a nearby village, Nunapitchuk, the same day.
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U.S. Census Bureau restarts door-to-door counting

The hand-delivery of census materials began in rural Alaska in mid-March, but was discontinued three days later.

Elders in Napaimut rescued by helicopter as flood waters rise

The couple had climbed into their boat which they had tied onto their cabin to wait out the flood before a State Trooper helicopter arrived to evacuate them to Aniak.
YKHC consists of a regional hospital in Bethel. Photo Courtesy of YKHC.

Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation to furlough or lay off hundreds of employees due to pandemic

The the largest employer in the region says it is losing millions of dollars per month in lost revenue and that CARES Act funding isn't enough to make up for the losses.
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Alaska hospital warns of layoffs after ‘devastating’ revenue loss due to pandemic

The Yukon-Kuskokwim's regional health corporation saw a 70% drop in patients after statewide travel restrictions were announced.

Aniak is preparing for 2 possible disasters at once: COVID-19 and flooding

Among other concerns, the Yukon-Kuskokwim community of Aniak has to grapple with question of where to put to bodies from anyone who dies from COVID-19

First COVID-19 case reported in the Yukon-Kuskokwim region

A positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed for the first time in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

When Ravn stopped flying, these airlines stepped in

Regional airlines are stepping in to close the gaps Ravn left behind. Three airlines are expanding their routes in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, and some are even hiring.

Bethel grocers ‘significantly’ increase shipments to stores, anticipate another big shopping week

Grocery stores in Bethel are expecting another large run on goods this week, and have substantially increased the size of their shipments into Bethel to prepare.

Here’s how the Bethel hospital is preparing to respond to coronavirus

The Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation is increasing its inventory of personal protective equipment, including masks, gowns, and gloves, at its Bethel hospital and village clinics.