Tag: Rural Health Focus

A boy with dark glasses and a white hospital gown with wires on his chest

Petersburg sets aside differences for 13-year-old battling cancer

The community raised tens of thousands of dollars for a local 13-year-old who was fighting cancer in a Seattle Hospital,

Dozens of homes, water treatment plant are without power in Selawik

As of Tuesday morning, 150 homes, an apartment complex and the water treatment plant were without power.

In a single day, Dillingham clinic vaccinates almost 20 percent of community

Almost twenty percent of Dillingham was vaccinated against COVID-19 last Saturday alone.
A health worker in a blue gown swabs travelers waiting in line outside the bethel airport

With quarter of population vaccinated, COVID-19 cases in Southwest Alaska on decline

After months with some of the highest COVID-19 case rates in the country, the Y-K Delta is finally seeing a decline in cases.
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To protect her community, St. Paul mom isolated for 10 weeks before having twins in Anchorage

Alaska women who live in rural and remote communities usually travel to city centers to give birth against incredible geographical odds.
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3 weeks later, Tuluksak is without running water or disaster relief

On Jan. 16, a fire in Tuluksak destroyed the village’s washateria and water plant building, which was their only source of...
A man and two infants stand outside a glass window with a woman inside holding a baby

‘Most mothers don’t have to deal with this’: COVID-19 makes medical travel for pregnant women even harder

Alaska women who live in rural and remote communities usually travel to city centers to give birth — against incredible geographical odds. And now, COVID-19 has made a hard trip even more daunting.

After more than half of Bethel students fail their classes, some parents urge reopening schools

Parents are becoming increasingly distressed about their children’s education during the pandemic after more than half of students failed their classes during the last semester, according to a report from the school district.
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Sinkhole opens under Chefornak home, forcing family to evacuate

In Chefornak, a family was forced to evacuate their home because a sinkhole caused by thawing permafrost formed underneath it. That family had to move into a building intended to be a quarantine facility.
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‘She’s been through a pandemic before’: Bethel elder who had COVID-19 is one of the first to get vaccine

Yukon-Kuskokwim Elder’s Home resident Xenia Jackson worked through tuberculosis outbreaks as a health aide. Now she's one of the first in the region to be fully immunized against COVID-19.
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No easy answers after fire destroys Tuluksak’s water supply

The temporary well being used at the school pulls up water from the Tuluksak River, which isn’t safe to drink.
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Why Alaska has the highest COVID-19 vaccination rate of all 50 states

Part of the reason is that Alaska is getting more doses of the vaccine because of additional allotments for the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Indian Health Service.
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After Y-K Delta tribal police officer dies from COVID-19, flyover gives family final goodbye

David Aqvang Evon was to be buried in Kongiganak, a burial which his family in Akiachak couldn’t attend because of travel restrictions. That forced his family to come up with their own way to say goodbye.
Black smoke biillows from the skeleton of a building in a snowy parea

Tuluksak without water, laundry after fire destroys washeteria

Donated bottled water in Bethel is ready to be shipped out on the next plane, but Tuluksak’s runway has been unusable because of weather conditions. The man who usually plows it is in Anchorage being treated for COVID-19.
A health worker in a blue gown swabs travelers waiting in line outside the bethel airport

Y-K Delta health corporation recommends regional lockdown for third straight month

The region has recorded the highest COVID-19 rates in the state for months.
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Unalaska moves to ‘high risk’ after confirming community spread of COVID-19

Unalaska's city-run facilities — including the public library and swimming pool — will temporarily close beginning Friday.

In rural Alaska, COVID-19 vaccines hitch a ride on planes, sleds and water taxi

Tribal health care providers have mobilized a massive effort that’s delivering thousands of doses to remote parts of the state, evoking the Serum Run that delivered lifesaving diphtheria treatment to Nome a century ago.
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Kivalina on ‘high alert’ as 44 residents test positive for COVID-19

The number of positive cases represents roughly 10% of the village’s 440 residents.
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As groups clamor for vaccine, here’s how Alaska will decide who’s next in line

An advisory committee made initial recommendations about who should receive Alaska's first doses of COVID-19 vaccine without much uproar. But now its work is entering a more delicate phase, as letters pour in from state agencies, trade groups and nonprofits asking to to be among the first in line.
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Russian Mission post office closure threatens infant formula supplies

Russian Mission’s post office has been closed on and off for nearly six months, and mothers have had to scramble to get infant formula for their babies. It's led to inconvenient, expensive, and uncertain options.