Isabelle Ross

Reporter/Host
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BBAHC conducted a second round of testing in the Chignik region Wednesday, and a security contractor conducted vulnerability assessments in the Bristol Bay Borough and Dillingham. 

The state is continuing to emphasize testing as a major part of its strategy to manage COVID-19 ahead of the fishing season.

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The community meeting featured state and local health care providers, local leaders and tribal representatives.

 

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It's the final episode before the fishing season! Testing for COVID-19 is now available at the Dillingham harbor. We look at two cases over the past week, and we talk about reducing stress with two local healthcare providers. 

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Close contacts of the resident were tested by the Abbot ID Now rapid test machine. Those results are being sent to the state lab for confirmation.

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The case is not associated with the seafood industry, and the person was tested in Anchorage, not their home community in the Chignik area, according to the state.   

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Local, Tribal and state leaders and public health officials discuss the first case of COVID-19 in Dillingham.

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It’s the ninth case of an out-of-state resident testing positive for the disease, and it’s the fourth instance of someone testing positive who works in that industry. The state says they did not come in contact with anyone in town and will be leaving today.

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A state delegation visits Bristol Bay to meet with health teams and city and tribal leaders. We lay out what the Dillingham City's ordinances mean for people coming in to the community. And we talk to Camai Health Center in Naknek about what their plans are heading into the season. 

 

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State and federal officials are traveling to Dillingham, Egegik, and Naknek-King Salmon to tour processing facilities and meet with local health professionals to discuss community needs ahead of the fishing season. 

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Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink said the state is working to send out several testing machines to rural areas. Along with the standard increase in wildlife troopers, the state is considering how to provide additional security for Bristol Bay communities. 

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The Dillingham City Council voted Friday to require testing at the end of a 14-day quarantine in Dillingham, effective May 22, as well as a series of protective measures in the community which are effective immediately. We also parse through the trial and acquittal of Brian Vane Clark, who was arrested in 2016 for the murder of Ella Olsen. Clark was found not guilty by an Anchorage jury in March. 

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Many Alaskans are feeling stressed and anxious during the coronavirus pandemic. But a virtual series of yuraq and Yugtun sessions from a teacher who grew up in the Bristal Bay region aims to connect people even as they are physically apart. 

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Bristol Bay has no reported COVID-19 cases as of May 6. The state inadvertently posted a practice COVID-19 test result for the Dillingham area to its raw test data site.

 

 

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Dillingham subsistence permits can be filled out on phones, tablets, or computers. The electronic option is an effort to reduce foot traffic to Fish and Game's office, which only allows two visitors in the office at a time. 

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The Dillingham City Council passed an ordinance Thursday extending its travel permit requirement for entry into the community until June 29. It also extended its requirement to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. It did not vote to require testing. 

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