covid-19

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In BBAHC’s announcement Friday, it said it decided to make the shift because COVID-19 now poses less of a risk to the region. 

 

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As the fishing season ramps up, so does vexation with a federal requirement that people wear face masks on commercial fishing vessels, part of the CDC’s guidelines on mask wearing on public transportation to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

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The health corporation followed federal regulators’ approval last week of the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 12 to 15.

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Dillingham plans to host a number of pop-up COVID-19 testing and vaccine clinics, which are set to start at the end of May and run through July.

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The single-dose vaccine is available through BBAHC and the Camai Community Health Center once again. The J&J vaccine will also be available in Iliamna Lake communities as early as this week.

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During the public hearing, several people questioned why the city still required people to quarantine for 10 days after travel. The council couldn’t address its quarantine at the meeting because the public wasn't notified in advance.

Courtesy of Shannon Harvilla

A school renovation project that was supposed to finish months ago left the Bristol Bay Borough school looking for class space. Organizations around the borough stepped in to offer makeshift classrooms — a welcome solution during a particularly bumpy year.

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Twenty-nine cases were reported last month — almost half within the first week. The City Council is holding a public hearing Thursday at 7 p.m. to discuss extending the city manager’s ability to enact COVID-19 regulations through emergency orders.

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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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In Dillingham, both first and second doses of the vaccine will be offered at a vaccine clinic Saturday. The health corporation previously limited vaccines to Elders, people with high-risk health conditions, and essential workers.

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Both of the people who tested positive are close contacts of a previous case. Their households have been tested and were advised to isolate, and the state public health team is contact tracing. 

 

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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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The seven cases in the City of Dillingham are travel-related. The school district's change to distance learning comes just two and a half weeks after students returned to in-person classes in mid-January. 

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This is the lowest weekly case count in the Dillingham area since late December, when the numbers jumped sharply.

Courtesy of Dustin Parker

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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