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Two Dillingham COVID testing sites close, cases remain high

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Photo taken in 2020.

Two testing sites in Dillingham closed this week. The Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation stopped testing at the airport, and testing at the Curyung COVID Response Center was suspended until this summer.

Still, Dillingham’s rate of COVID-19 is among the highest in the state. In the last week, the state of Alaska reported 80 cases in the Dillingham area and 7 cases in the Bristol Bay and Lake and Peninsula regions.

Free testing, vaccines, and protective supplies are still available at multiple locations in Dillingham:

BBAHC Dental Annex
Offers free COVID-19 testing and vaccinations
907-842-9440
Testing: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Vaccinations: by appointment
6000 Kanakanak Rd, Dillingham, AK

BBAHC says it is prioritizing in-person testing for patients with symptoms. It asks patients without symptoms to consider taking at-home tests.

Dillingham Public Health
Offers free at-home tests, vaccinations and protective supplies
907-842-5981
Vaccinations: by appointment
125 Main Street, Dillingham, AK.

Curyung Tribal Hall
Offers free at-home tests, cleaning kits and protective supplies to all residents
907-842-2384
715 Seward St, Dillingham, AK

The Curyung COVID Response Center will resume testing this summer from June 1 to June 30.

The State of Alaska’s Testing Site Locator keeps an updated list of COVID-19 testing locations in the Bristol Bay region and around the state.

Kendra Kapotak is the indomitable host of KDLG's beloved daily call in show, Open Line. She also works with the news team to report local news through the BBEDC seasonal internship program.