One new resident COVID-19 case in the Bristol Bay Borough

Aug 27, 2020

The person is asymptomatic and is currently isolating. Clinic director Mary Swain said in an update that this newest case means there are now two people with active coronavirus infections in the Bristol Bay Borough.

Screengrab of a video from Alaska Health and Social Services. Tests are passed to a healthcare worker at the Camai Community Health Center. July 11, 2020.
Credit Alaska Health and Social Services

A resident of the Bristol Bay Borough tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday, according to the Camai Community Health Center in Naknek . The person is asymptomatic and is currently isolating. The clinic identified a few close contacts who have tested negative and are currently in quarantine. Alaska’s public health team is also conducting contact tracing.

Clinic director Mary Swain said in an update that this newest case means there are now two people with active coronavirus infections in the Bristol Bay Borough. Active cases are people who have tested positive and have not yet recovered from the virus.

As of Thursday afternoon, the state had not yet logged the borough’s most recent case. The state’s COVID-19 page lists a total of six active resident cases in the combined Lake and Peninsula and Bristol Bay boroughs. If you add non-resident cases, that number jumps to 55.

The borough is following state health mandates and does not currently require Alaska residents travelling into the area to quarantine, though it encourages anyone arriving in the community to do so.

The Camai clinic’s Leader Creek testing site is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. If someone in the Bristol Bay Borough is sick or suspects they may be infected with the coronavirus, they should remain at home and contact the clinic at 907-246-6155.

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

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