FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 7, 2021
Contact: Alexis Erikson, Public Relations Specialist
Phone: (907) 443-8918
Nome Resident Tests Positive for COVID-19
Nome, Alaska – On January 6, Norton Sound Health Corporation was notified that a resident of Nome tested positive for COVID-19.
The case is considered to be travel-related. The State of Alaska Section of Epidemiology and Public Health Nursing have been notified and are conducting further investigation. There are currently five active cases in the region, with three being in Nome and two in Brevig Mission.
In order to prevent spreading or acquiring the virus, NSHC asks residents of the region to continue to take COVID-19 precautions and guidelines seriously. Stay home if you feel sick, socially distance and wear a mask in public spaces, wash your hands frequently, and avoid traveling outside of the region.
Norton Sound Health Corporation has temporarily closed appointments for first doses of COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine in Nome, due to a very limited supply of first dose Pfizer vaccine. NSHC is expecting its next shipment of first dose Pfizer vaccine sometime next week, which will allow those currently eligible for first doses to continue to arrange their appointments. When this new supply arrives, appointment slots will again become available for those who qualify for a first dose. Everyone who is due for their second dose of vaccine will be assured of a second dose.
Please visit our Picktime site to schedule your second dose.
If you have questions about COVID-19 testing, vaccinations, or have any concerns, you can call into NSHC’s Daily Tribal Leader Call every Monday-Thursday at 11 a.m. The call-in line is 1-800-315-6338; access code: 03286#.