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Manokotak passes COVID-19 mandates as health care officials investigate potential community spread

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Two people tested positive for COVID-19 within the last week. One person was visiting from out of town and was in contact with people in three different households. The other is a healthcare professional in the community who tested positive Monday.

The Manokotak Village Council passed several COVID-19 mandates on Monday  after two people tested positive for the disease within the last week. 

One person was visiting from out of town and was in contact with people in three different households. The other is a healthcare professional in the community who tested positive Monday.

City Mayor Melvin Andrew said the mandates will stay in place while contact tracing is underway.

“Until we confirm that there is community spread," Andrew said. "Until then hopefully we can lift them back up again.”

The new mandates require masks in all public buildings. Social gatherings are barred, though people can still participate in subsistence activities at a safe distance from those outside their household. And people can only shop by phone with curbside pickup.

Quarantine is also required for those who travel to Manokotak. In-region travelers must quarantine for seven days, and residents coming in from outside of the region must quarantine for 14 days. Travel forms are also mandatory for those who leave or return to the community. Essential workers in quarantine can go to work if they wear a mask, practice social distancing and wash their hands. They may only go to work and back home.

Andrew hopes more residents will get vaccinated.

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“The regional hospital notified me that there is a low percentage of vaccination in Manokotak," he said. "I encourage all Manokotians to get vaccinated so everyone can be safe. I’d sure appreciate that.”

Eleven people tested positive for the virus in the Dillingham Census Area on August 8, according to the state’s COVID-19 dashboard. That includes one case in Dillingham proper. 

Since mid-July, 27 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Dillingham area. Three of those cases were reported in the City of Dillingham.

COVID-19 testing and vaccine information:

Dillingham Public Health Center: 907-842-5981

Capstone Clinic: 907-843-2739

-Testing at Freshwater Adventures at the Dillingham airport

Open 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. seven days a week

Testing and vaccinations at the Tribal building downtown next to the library

Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday

Vaccinations available 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

In other communities, contact your local health clinic for testing and vaccine information.

Contact the author at tyler@kdlg.org or 907-842-2200

Tyler Thompson