Isabelle Ross, KDLG - Dillingham
Goodnews health clinic isn’t allowed to give rapid tests to people just because they have traveled, even though the village has a testing requirement for travelers.
The U.S. Census Bureau shortened its count by a month, leaving rural areas - some of which have just 30% of residents counted - scrambling to complete a count.
On the day they were supposed to travel to Naknek, the results for three of the workers came back positive. All 150 of the workers were told they had to quarantine for an additional 11 days, the complaint alleges.
The first Alaskan from the Bristol Bay-Lake and Peninsula region has tested positive for COVID-19. The state has not disclosed which community they are from because it has less than 1,000 residents.
Dillingham has its first case of COVID-19.
Chief Medical Officer Anne Zink said that fishing regions would get extra testing capacity as out-of-state workers descend on the region in the coming weeks.
Bristol Bay groups want state to get tough on incoming fishery workers, including testing for coronavirus before they arrive
“If the fishery is allowed to go forward without these measures ... the consequences will be devastating and generational,” the group's letter says.
Naknek Native Village Council joined in Dillingham's call for cancelling the 2020 Bristol Bay fishing season.
Icicle Seafoods says its floating processor will ensure that crew don't interact in the community and inadvertently spread the coronavirus.
Newhalen, New Stuyahok, Igiugig and Perryville have all suspended travel for non-community members until further notice.
The Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation held a public meeting Tuesday to discuss its healthcare services in Dillingham. The meeting came several months after the Curyung Tribe said it was withdrawing from BBAHC because of its concerns about patient care and the corporation’s administration.
Parishioners carry the star from house to house and community to community. That tradition has changed over the years, as dog-sleds were replaced by snow-gos, which were eventually replaced by air travel.
Over 500 vendors exhibited at the 2019 Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle in late November — the place to be for commercial fishermen, processors and small businesses.
The International Astronomical Union is holding a competition to give the two a name — with the public casting votes through November 14 for the top three finalists. One of the 10 semi-finalists is a member of the Curyung Tribal Council in Dillingham.
At a Bristol Bay Regional Subsistence Advisory meeting, all members expressed concern for subsistence resources in the region following this year’s hot, dry summer.
People learning Yup’ik now have another way to practice — a new Yup’ik language app aiming to help them develop their skills outside the classroom. The goal is to revitalize the language in Bristol Bay.
The Mulchatna herd was only half of the minimum population objective this year. Now a proposal to reduce federal subsistence harvest limits is on the table.
Along with significant seabird die-offs near Port Heiden, there have been reports of small whales and porpoises, walrus and sea otters washed up on shore.