FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nome, Alaska – On Monday, Nov. 29, Norton Sound Health Corporation identified 10 COVID-19 cases in the region. Of the new cases, eight were in Nome, one was in Unalakleet, and one was in Brevig Mission.
In Nome, seven of the new cases were close contacts and one was community spread. The case in Unalakleet was travel-related, and the Brevig case was a close contact. All individuals have been notified and are safely isolating.
Alaska’s COVID-19 numbers continue to decline. In the last 14 days, there has been a 29% decrease in new cases in the state. The rest of the country on average has seen a slower decline, but also continues on a downward trend, with a 4% decrease in the past 14 days.
Anyone in the region can get tested for COVID-19. In villages, contact your local clinic to schedule a test. To schedule an appointment in Nome for COVID-19 testing, please visit https://www.picktime.com/NSHC. Walk-ins are also welcome.
Testing for COVID-19 is open daily for asymptomatic people from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Nome Operations Building Testing Center, located at the corner of Greg Kruschek Avenue and K Street. The Testing Center is open during the lunch hour, but staffing is limited.
The Cough and Cold Clinic is available for testing every day for symptomatic patients. It is located on the first floor of the hospital and is open from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on weekends. You can call the direct line to the clinic at (907) 443-3231.
There are currently 66 active cases in the region: 59 in Nome, two in Gambell, two in Shishmaref, two in Brevig, and one in Unalakleet. Village leadership in all communities have been notified.