Dillingham area sees 12 resident COVID-19 cases within a week

Oct 19, 2020

According to the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation, nine of the people who tested positive were close contacts of previous cases. The City of Dillingham said there are currently four active cases in Dillingham proper. 

The welcome sign outside of Kanakanak Hospital. Oct. 29, 2018.
Credit Izzy Ross/KDLG

Twelve people in the Dillingham Census Area have tested positive for COVID-19 over the past week.

Three people who tested positive on Wednesday had recently traveled outside the region.

Another person tested positive Thursday, and eight people tested positive Sunday. According to the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation, those nine people were close contacts of previous cases.

BBAHC said in a news release today that it conducted several “mass testing events” last week in response to positive cases in the region.

The City of Dillingham said there are currently four active cases of COVID-19 in Dillingham proper. Those individuals are isolating, and the state is contact tracing.

Meanwhile, the state reported three resident cases in the combined Lake and Peninsula and Bristol Bay boroughs last week as well, on Oct. 15, 17 and 18. The Camai Community Health Center in the Bristol Bay Borough said the state confirmed that those cases are in the Lake and Peninsula Borough.

The Camai clinic reported one positive case in the Bristol Bay Borough Oct 12. In an update, the clinic said it is the only active case in the borough.

According to the state health department, there are currently 17 active cases in the Dillingham region, and 26 cases in the combined Lake and Peninsula and Bristol Bay boroughs — both residents and non-residents. The state's active cases are those that it has not yet marked as "recovered."

In Dillingham, testing is available at the Capstone clinic by the Dillingham airport seven days a week, from 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. People experiencing symptoms can get tested at the hospital. To schedule a screening they should call 907-842-9440.

In the Bristol Bay Borough, people can get tested at the Camai Community Health Clinic’s Leader Creek testing site on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. In other communities, rapid tests are available at village clinics.

If you are in the Bristol Bay Borough and are sick or suspect that you may be infected, you should remain at home and contact the Camai clinic at (907) 246-6155.

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