FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 5, 2020
Contact: Sarah Richards, Public Relations Specialist
Phone: (907) 443-8918
Nome, Alaska – Three Stebbins residents are safely isolating after testing positive for COVID-19 on November 4.
The new cases bring the total number in the village to 64 since the outbreak began on September 19, with 23 currently active. A medical response team remains in the village, and over 83 percent of residents have received at least one COVID-19 test in the past seven weeks. The community remains in a lockdown, which means residents should limit movement outside of their own homes.
If a person has been identified as a close contact to any positive case, it is important for them to stay in quarantine for a full 14 days, regardless of any negative test the person might have during their two weeks of quarantine. It is not uncommon for travelers and close contacts to test negative initially and then receive a positive result 7-14 days later.
If residents have questions regarding symptoms, which can include coughing, shortness of breath, fever, fatigue, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, or other cold-like symptoms, they should contact their local clinic or the Nurse Call Line at (907) 443-6411 or 844-586-8773 if outside of regular clinic hours. Other general questions about COVID-19 can be directed to the State of Alaska’s 211 resource number.
All residents in the region are strongly encouraged to get their flu vaccine this year to protect them against getting influenza during the COVID-19 pandemic. Getting the flu during the pandemic could lower your immune system defenses, and make you more vulnerable to other illnesses, including COVID-19.