KDLG/Isabelle Ross

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.

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Some businesses in Dillingham have shut down or made adjustments as local, state and federal mandates were passed down this month.



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This week, we covered teleconferences from Dillingham to Bristol Bay Borough, as both local governments prepare for a potential spread of the coronavirus. No cases have been confirmed in Bristol Bay. Dillingham business owners shared how they are coping with closures and changes to operations. Villages around Bristol Bay are shutting down travel and school districts share updates to academic calendars. 

Bristol Bay Borough

In a special meeting by the Bristol Bay Borough, assembly members declared a local emergency response to recieve funding from state and federal government. Community members phoned in to share thoughts about the upcoming salmon fish season.

Courtesy of Alethia Belleque.

Alethia Belleque has been studying abroad in Peru since August. She was planning to stay until June, but the coronavirus pandemic changed that. Peru shut its borders to commercial flights in and out of the country. Now, her family is trying to get her back to Alaska. 

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The announcements from New Stuyahok, Newhalen and Igiugig came a day after Koliganek enacted travel restrictions and issued guidelines for use of public facilities. Perryville's restrictions go into effect today. 

KDLG/Avery Lill

An announcement from the council Monday night banned all travel for non-community members and limited access to public facilities.

Courtesy of Shannon Harvilla.

The Bristol Bay Borough School District is rolling out its homebound instruction tomorrow. Dillingham expects to update its original plan this week. 

KDLG/Tyler Thompson

We are practicing social distancing while working to keep everyone up to date on the coronavirus. Alaska is now up to 12 cases. People from Bristol Bay have been tested, but the results are pending.

Bristol Bay Borough School District

The Bristol Bay Borough is also extending spring break by one week, complying with the state’s shutdown of education through March 30.


KDLG/Isabelle Ross

Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation is putting extra measures into place to prepare for coronavirus, modifying and adapting their normal practices in communities around the region. 

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Updated Tuesday, April 28. A list of closures and schedule changes for organizations and events around Bristol Bay. We will update this page as new information is provided.

KDLG/Isabelle Ross

Supplies of certain products have run low statewide because of people stocking up in the wake of coronavirus concerns. In Bristol Bay, several grocery stores are preparing to offset the wave of product shortages in the region.

KDLG/Isabelle Ross

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. 

KDLG/Izzy Ross

The city of Dillingham is reaching out to processors ahead of the 2020 salmon season. The hospital can now test for COVID-19 if someone shows symptoms.