Bethel is experiencing high levels of COVID-19 transmission in the community
Bethel is experiencing high levels of COVID-19 transmission in the community

Bethel is experiencing high levels of COVID-19 transmission in the community

Across the region, YKHC announced 86 new cases of COVID-19, or a 12 percent increase in cases, from April 11 to April 17. Nearly half of those cases were in Bethel, where cases rose from 26 to 40. That’s nearly twice as many cases as the week before.

According to YKHC’s Brian Lefferts, this is the second week in a row that Bethel has experienced widespread community transfer. For context, every time Bethel has more than seven cases in seven days, it meets the CDC criteria for high community transmission.

However, the region generally has a medium COVID community level. Community COVID levels are determined by the number of new admissions compared to the number of new cases in the region. It evaluates YKHC’s available resources to care for COVID patients.

Over the past week, in alphabetical order by community, the YKHC announced one case in Akiak, three in Alakanuk, one in Anvik, 46 in Bethel, one in Chevak, 10 in Emmonak, two in Kasigluk, one in Kongiganak, four in Kwigillingok, two in Mountain Village, seven in Nunapitchuk, one in St. Mary’s, three in Toksook Bay, one in Tuntutuliak and six in unnamed YK Delta villages.

Out of 100,000 people over seven days, 297 developed COVID-19 in the region. This is compared with the national case rate of 74 cases per year. 100,000 and the state case rate of 185 per. 100,000 in the same period.

The YKHC reports that 18,357 individuals, or 69 percent of the eligible population, have been completely vaccinated against COVID-19. The state DHSS reports that 64.6 percent of all eligible Alaskan residents have completed a vaccine series. Nationwide, 70.1 percent of the population aged five or older are fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Local health authorities continue to call for wearing masks and being vaccinated and boosted against the virus to protect your health and to prevent the health system from being overwhelmed by new cases. Anyone with questions about the virus is encouraged to visit YKHC COVID-19 Dashboard or call the COVID hotline at 907-543-6949.


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