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Officials urge end to non-family gatherings in Alaska region

Ariel photograph of the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta Alaska (USGS/Public Domain)
Ariel photograph of the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta Alaska (USGS/Public Domain)(KTUU)
Published: Oct. 16, 2020 at 8:50 AM AKDT
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(AP) - Health officials in an Alaska region with a growing COVID-19 outbreak have asked residents to stop gathering with non-household members to slow the spread of the virus.

KYUK-AM reports that officials say 126 people have tested positive for the virus in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta over the past two weeks. The percentage of people who tested positive in the Bethel Census Area jumped from about 1% to nearly 5%. The rate is more than 3% in the Kusilvak Census Area.

Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation says it is conducting about the same number of tests, but that more people are suddenly testing positive.

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