Evidence of COVID-19 Community Spread in Scammon Bay

YKHC has evidence that widespread community-based transmission of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, is occurring in the village of Scammon Bay. This joint advisory is issued by YKHC, the Native Village of Scammon Bay, and the City of Scammon Bay out of an abundance of caution, to warn the public we believe community spread is occurring and so individuals can take appropriate measures to reduce exposure to or spread of the virus.

The determination of community spread was made by YKHC on November 12, following numerous recent COVID-19 cases in the village that cannot be linked to travel at this time. The case investigations are on-going.

The Scammon Bay Village Clinic is open from 9 am to 4 pm on Monday through Friday. Scammon Bay residents experiencing symptoms of any kind are encouraged to call the clinic to schedule testing, 558-5511 or 558-5005.

Community spread of COVID-19 in YK Delta communities is not unexpected given the recent spike in travelrelated cases. YKHC has been urging the public for months that the pandemic and the public health risks it poses are not over. The medical community has no way of knowing when someone will have a serious reaction to a COVID-19 infection, that requires hospitalization or could lead to death. Further, there are no widespread, wellestablished medical treatments for individuals experiencing a serious infection of COVID-19.

Now, more than ever, it is essential the public practice protective measures, which include: wear a mask when in public, keep social circles very small and remain physically distant (more than six feet) from anyone who does not reside in your household, avoid all non-essential travel, opt for free COVID-19 testing upon arrival at the Bethel, St. Mary’s, and Aniak airports when arriving from out-of-region, practice regular handwashing, and frequently disinfect high-touch surfaces in your home. It takes a collective effort, as a community, to stop the transmission of this highly contagious virus.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include a fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea, and diminished sense of taste or smell. If you have these symptoms, do not go to your village clinic or to the emergency room in Bethel. Instead, call your village clinic or in Bethel call 543-6949 so a health care provider can assist you.

Get the latest information on COVID-19 from YKHC at www.ykhc.org/covid-19.

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