Details about the patient haven't been released.
Officials are worried that without the power to force people coming into the community from outside, they may be missing cases of the coronavirus.
The positive case was discovered during routine testing.
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.
Residents in the village of 500 can only leave to visit neighbors for essential visits. Even the gas station is closed.
The patient had traveled from outside the city on Tuesday and immediately began self isolating, according to the regional healthcare provider.
The state also announced that an 11th staff member of Juneau's Lemon Creek Correctional Center has tested positive for the virus.
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.
Biologists have to figure out how to monitor salmon populations in rural communities without the danger of bringing the coronavirus into those communities.
With the borders closed, Skagway, Haines and Hyder residents who depend on neighboring Canadian towns for necessities are struggling with new restrictions caused by the pandemic.
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.
Managers decided that keeping workers on the island would help prevent new arrivals - many of whom come from other countries - from bringing in the coronavirus.
Some tribes sued the secretaries of Interior and Treasury to keep federal CARES Act money from going to for-profit Alaska Native Corporations.
In rural Alaska villages with no water or sewer and hard to find hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies, following the CDC guidelines to help prevent the spread of disease requires "being a MacGyver at all times."
“This is a question about levels of risk that Alaska is willing to tolerate,” said Bryan Fisher, the incident commander for Alaska’s pandemic response.
Lily Hope weaving a Chilkat blanket in 2016. (Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO) Chilkat weaving has been practiced for hundreds of years by Indigenous people on the Northwest...
The clinic, which serves up to 15,000 people, says it has about six months of reserves left despite cost-cutting efforts.
Overall, the flu killed a greater percentage of people in Alaska than in any other state or territory in the U.S. except for Samoa.
In subsequent tests, the patient, a resident of a long-term care facility who had been in lockdown for six weeks, tested negative in a subsequent test.
There are new health rules for fishermen arriving in Bristol Bay, but critics say there are loopholes
The president of the regional health corporation and local tribes say the Dunleavy administration's plan is unrealistic considering the realities of the looming commercial fishing season.