Second case of COVID-19 diagnosed in YK Delta

    Bethel, Alaska (KINY) - The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation is reporting a second case identified in the YK Delta region.

    Through screening and COVID-19 testing of inbound passengers at the Bethel airport, YKHC identified a second positive COVID-19 case in the YK Delta. YKHC received and confirmed the positive result on May 15.

    The individual who tested positive traveled from Anchorage to Bethel, continuing same-day travel to an outlying village. YKHC is not releasing the name of the village.

    The person is currently self-isolating and YKHC is working with the State of Alaska Section of Epidemiology and local government officials to ensure precautions are taken to protect people they may have been in close contact with. 

    Prior to this release, clinic staff in the affected village notified community members of the case. A response team is traveling to the village today to provide screening and rapid testing.

    On April 23, YKHC began offering COVID-19 testing for all passengers arriving into Bethel from Anchorage. The individual who tested positive opted for testing at the Bethel airport and was asymptomatic at the time of testing. 

    Typically, more than half of passengers arriving in Bethel from Anchorage refuse to be tested.

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