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Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation, which announced the cases Friday, said they were all close contacts of a previous case. 

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Dillingham's clinic Saturday was the first since the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation opened vaccinations to anyone over the age of 18.

 

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The source of infection for the cases is unknown, and BBAHC says they “appear to be unrelated to earlier cases.” The Curyung Tribal Council, the City and the public health team urge residents to continue to follow safety precautions. 

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Bristol Bay’s brisk rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine is expected to continue in many communities. But vaccinations may stall at some facilities in other parts of the region that have already vaccinated qualified residents, since the state likely won’t expand eligibility in February.

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Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation will host a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Thursday at the Dillingham High School gym. People 65 and older, essential workers, and high risk candidates can get vaccinated.

 

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Health care providers will begin to contact eligible individuals and schedule appointments for vaccinations today.

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Frontline health care workers in Dillingham received the first dose of the Moderna vaccine last Wednesday and Thursday. The Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation says more people will start to get vaccinated Monday.

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The Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation reported the cases between December 28 - 30 in four communities, including the City of Dillingham.

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The cases were reported between December 20-23, according to the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation. The people who tested positive are now in quarantine.

 

 

Angel Miller

"I think that's...going to help our community transition from this time of fearfulness and uncertainty to a time of celebration that we will finally be able to get our lives back to normalcy,” said Mary Swain, executive director of the Camai Community Health Center in Naknek.

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Bristol Bay will have to wait at least another week for its first dose, while healthcare providers grapple with the logistical challenges of getting the vaccine to rural areas. 

 

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BBAHC announced the change Friday, a week after it canceled non-urgent medical care and village travel because staff at Kanakanak Hospital in Dillingham had been exposed to coronavirus.

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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. 

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services

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. 

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The first person to test positive October 8 is in isolation. A close contact of that case tested positive the same day. That person is not experiencing symptoms and had recently traveled outside the region.

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