Five new COVID-19 cases in Dillingham area over the weekend

Oct 26, 2020

The state reported a record-high number of new coronavirus cases among Alaska residents over the weekend. Two of those cases were in Dillingham, and three were in the census area.

Capstone Clinic by the Dillingham airport. Sept. 17, 2020.
Credit Izzy Ross/KDLG

Five residents in and around Dillingham are among the surge of Alaskans recently diagnosed with the coronavirus, according to the state’s reports Sunday and Monday.

The state reported a record-high 526 new coronavirus cases among Alaska residents Sunday, and 348 cases Monday.

That included two cases in Dillingham and three in the broader Dillingham Census Area. The City of Dillingham said it has not yet received an update on the newest cases from the state and did not have information on the status of those cases.

The state says the total number of active cases in the area is now 23.

The state’s coronavirus case tally Sunday also included a newly-diagnosed resident in the Bristol Bay plus Lake and Peninsula Boroughs. There were two cases reported in that region Oct. 20, bringing the total to 29 active cases. 

 

Those cases are likely in the Lake and Pen area, according to  Mary Swain, director of the Camai Community Health Center in the Bristol Bay Borough. Camai is testing an average of around 100 to 115 people a week in the borough, and no one has tested positive in the past two weeks as of Monday afternoon.

 

Camai is conducting rapid testing at its Leader Creek testing site on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

 

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.

 

If you are sick or suspect that you may be infected, you should remain at home and contact your local clinic or healthcare provider. 

 This story has been updated with two addtional cases reported Oct. 26 in the Dillingham Census Area. 
Contact the author at isabelle@kdlg.org or 907-842-2200.

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