It's the third reported death in the area from the state in less than a month. According to the state, these deaths occured between April and October. A total of eight people have died of COVID-19 in the Dillingham area since the pandemic began, according to the state dashboard.
Superintendent Jason Johnson said in an update that the school was notified of the cases Monday, conducted contact tracing that evening, and reached out to families of children identified as close contacts.
Despite the spike, the number of cases is trending down. Of the positive cases, up to 42% are in those who've been vaccinated. The rest are in unvaccinated individuals, with the majority being in kids age 0-12.
Public health staff in Dillingham say case counts may be steadying because people are generally following health and safety guidelines after travel -- but household visits between community members may still be spreading the virus.
At the Dillingham Middle-High School, seven families were notified that they have a child who is considered a close contact. At the elementary school, students who share a class with the confirmed cases are all considered close contacts.