Anna Rose MacArthur, KYUK - Bethel
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.
At least three Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta communities are in lockdown after residents tested positive for COVID-19: Quinhagak, Kipnuk and Kasigluk.
The teenagers helped pull the survivors from a Division of Forestry plane that crashed into a lake this spring.
The region reported 17 new cases over the weekend.
So far, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation has announced 26 cases of COVID-19 related to the region.
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.
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.
Representatives from the regional health corporation landed in the village within hours of the announcement and immediately began testing community members.
Healthcare workers are worried after the first case in the region outside of Bethel was reported last week.
Biologists fear the animals will starve on the small island that lacks fresh water and enough vegetation
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.
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.
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.
The Yukon-Kuskokwim's regional health corporation saw a 70% drop in patients after statewide travel restrictions were announced.
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
A positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed for the first time in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.
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.
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.
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.