Fourth resident COVID-19 case in Dillingham Census Area this month

Aug 20, 2020

The person who tested positive was asymptomatic and had not recently traveled, according to BBAHC. The state epidemiology team is continuing to trace their recent contacts.

The Capstone clinic at the Dillingham Airport. Thursday, August 20, 2020.
Credit Izzy Ross/KDLG

A resident of the Dillingham Census Area has tested positive for COVID-19. The person who tested positive was asymptomatic and had not recently traveled, according to the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation. The state epidemiology team is continuing to trace their recent contacts.

The first resident cases to the region since the pandemic began came this month; this is the fourth resident of the census area to test positive since August 8. BBAHC says the census area now has a total of four active COVID-19 cases among residents. The state has logged five resident cases, including one from June 18. The state's COVID-19 dashboard shows that that individual was not in Alaska at the time they tested positive for the disease.

The three previous cases this month were all Dillingham residents who had recently travelled within the state, and have been quarantining since arriving back in the community. The city said the two previous cases are unrelated to the first resident case reported August 8. Those individuals were showing symptoms when tested and are currently in isolation.

Testing is available at the Dillingham Airport Capstone clinic seven days a week, from 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. People experiencing symptoms can get tested at the hospital Kanakanak 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.

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

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