The Yakutat Community Health Center sent the tests to the state lab for analysis. Because of privacy concerns, officials generally aren’t releasing demographic information for patients in communities with populations under 1,000.
The health center has offered free, drive-through COVID-19 testing as well as testing at the airport for passengers.
In a Facebook video, health officials asked residents to return to the practices of an earlier hunker down order. Yakutat Tribal Health Board Chair Cathy Bremner said that means returning to smaller household bubbles and wearing a mask when socializing within six feet of anyone outside the household.
“It is up to us as community members [whether] this virus will spread rampant in our village, to our babies and our elders,” Bremner said. “Or whether we contain and significantly slow the spread over the next 14 days.”
In response to the recent outbreak, the clinic cancelled regular outpatient visits but remains on-call for emergencies. Health officials also asked businesses to consider temporarily requiring masks, if they don’t already.