UPDATE: Five COVID-19 cases in Dillingham Census Area and Bristol Bay Borough last week

Oct 14, 2020

Three of the individuals in the Dillingham Census Area had recently traveled outside the region, and the latest case was a close contact. All are currently in isolation, and the state has started contact tracing for all three cases. 

Screengrab from an Alaska Department of Health and Social Services video. A healthcare worker organizes COVID-19 tests. July 11, 2020.
Credit Alaska Department of Health and Social Services

Updated Oct. 19 at 12:00 p.m.

Four residents of the Dillingham Census Area tested positive for COVID -19 last week, according to the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation. Three tested positive Wednesday, and a close contact of one of those cases tested positive Thursday. The state has started contact tracing for all four cases. 

The three people who tested positive on Wednesday had recently traveled outside the region. They are currently in isolation, and the third person’s household is in quarantine. The City of Dillingham confirmed that one of them is a Dillingham resident.

 

BBAHC reported on Friday that a close contact of one of the previous individuals had tested positive as well. That person is a census area resident, and their household is currently in quarantine.

 

Meanwhile, the Camai Community Health Center in Naknek 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. The person is in isolation and the state is contact tracing there as well. 

 

According to the state health department, there are currently nine active cases in Dillingham as of Monday, and 26 cases in the combined Lake and Peninsula and Bristol Bay boroughs. Those counts include 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.

This story was updated Oct. 15 to include a third COVID-19 case from Oct. 14 in the Dillingham Census Area, and that that person is a resident of the City of Dillingham. This story was updated Oct. 19 to include an additional case from Oct. 16.  

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