A top official at Bristol Bay’s regional health corporation sent an email to other managers this month promoting the falsehood that the coronavirus pandemic is no worse than the flu and is part of a political conspiracy. As of Monday, the official no longer works at the corporation.
Prevention preparations ramp up in Bristol Bay, a day after Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced Alaska's first confirmed case of COVID-19. Concerns about the virus have upended plans for several regional organizations.
Last May, the Curyung Tribal Council passed a resolution to withdraw its membership from BBAHC. Now, tribal leaders are responding to concerns that a withdrawal would destabilize health care in the region.
On the show this week, we go to a meeting BBAHC held on healthcare in the area. We talk through Nushagak Cooperative's price hike. And we hear from a few young athletes who competed in the Junior Native Youth Olympics in Anchorage
The Curyung Tribal Council is currently in mediation with BBAHC over its withdrawal from the corporation. At a public meeting Tuesday, concerns ranged from patient care to the corporation's management.
The tribe said it decided to withdraw, in part, due to issues with patient care and the health corporation's insufficient response to their concerns. The earliest effective date for the withdrawal is May 2020.