FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 23, 2021
Contact: Alexis Erikson, Public Relations Specialist
Phone: (907) 443-8918
One Travel-Related and Three Community Spread Cases Identified
Nome, Alaska – On June 23, Norton Sound Health Corporation identified a positive COVID-19 case in a resident of the region. The source of the virus is travel-related.
In addition, three more close contact individuals tested positive for COVID-19 in Koyuk on Tuesday, June 22. Norton Sound Health Corporation determined the cases to be acquired through community spread. The patients are safely isolating, and close contacts have been notified.
There are currently eight active COVID-19 cases in the region, with seven of them being in Koyuk.
Due to potential community exposure, NSHC is recommending a hunker-down period in the community of Koyuk. Outdoor, socially distanced activity is encouraged, but unvaccinated community members should avoid socializing with those not in their household and limit public outings.
The Ruth Qumiiggan Henry Memorial Clinic in Koyuk will be open for testing, vaccinations, and emergencies only Wednesday-Friday, June 23-25.
Those who are experiencing symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, cough, fever, body aches, or diarrhea should call the clinic at (907) 963-3311 to get tested. All unvaccinated individuals who are three years of age or older, are encouraged to get tested this week, even those people without symptoms.
Everyone 12 years of age and older is eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Only 50% of Koyuk residents ages 12-40 have been vaccinated. NSHC strongly encourage everyone 12 years of age and older to visit the clinic for a COVID-19 vaccination. This vaccine is 95% effective against getting COVID and 100% effective against getting severe illness or death from COVID-19. The vaccine is the most effective way for the community of Koyuk to beat the pandemic and this new outbreak.