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Navigating the COVID-19 Pandemic

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BBNC and Katmai Air employees loading COVID-19 supplies for Bristol Bay communities

As we move into another month of what has surely been an unprecedented moment for Bristol Bay, Alaska, and the world, we wanted to use this edition of the Bay Report to remind everyone about the resources, best practices, and protocols available to navigate COVID-19. As cities and states around the country begin to reopen— including Alaska—it’s important to remember that we can all still play an important role in slowing or stopping the spread of the virus, even while getting back to life and to work.

BBNC employee Carol Wren helps ship face masks to villages

We know social distancing and taking other precautions works. Wearing masks while out for essentials, staying six or more feet away from others, washing your hands frequently, and staying home to stay safe are all easy ways each of us can help stop the spread of the virus. BBNC has been taking proactive steps to invest in, support, and protect our shareholders and communities since the start of the outbreak. We swiftly set up a response team to assess and meet the needs of individuals, businesses, and communities throughout Bristol Bay. This has made it possible for our villages to attain basic needs—whether that’s food, cleaning and medical supplies, or personal protective equipment, all essential to helping stop the spread and ensuring most people can stay at home safely with the least amount of disruption.

BBNC COVID-19 response wesbite: bbcovidresponse.net

We have set up a COVID-19 Response website where residents and businesses of Bristol Bay and shareholders outside the region can find resources to provide the necessary support to keep small businesses and non-profits viable, to provide essential medical, banking, and education resources, and to ensure that everyone in our communities have the information, the facts, and the resources to pull through this and to come out stronger on the other side.

BBNC has also been making financial investments in our region to help sustain our communities through the economic downturn that has resulted throughout the pandemic. In April, we invested $250,000 in our Bristol Bay communities for COVID-19 relief. We also made a $50,000 donation to the Bristol Bay Food Bank and a $25,000 donation to the Food Bank of Alaska. We want to ensure that individuals and families have food on the table during a time when so many of us are feeling an economic pinch because of lost employment, furloughs, or reduced wages.

As we move into the summer months and the reopening of our state, remember that BBNC is here to help you navigate the lingering changes and effects brought about by COVID-19. We want all of our communities to stay as healthy, safe, and resilient as possible.

Please continue to visit bbcovidresponse.net and join BBNC’s Bristol Bay COVID-19 Response Facebook group for updated resources and information as we go onward, together.

Katmai Air delivering supplies to Chignik Lagoon