FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Norton Sound Health Corporation identified 11 COVID-19 cases on Thursday, March 17. Of the new cases, there were 10 in Nome and one in Brevig Mission.
If you are sick or test positive for COVID-19, please isolate for five days (starting from the first day of symptoms, or the day of the positive test if without symptoms), followed by five days of wearing a face mask around other people. End isolation if you are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medicine) and your symptoms are improving.
People who tested positive do not need to test again after their isolation to be considered recovered. People who have tested positive should not retest again for 90 days unless specifically instructed to do so by their providers.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not recommend regular testing for people who are not experiencing symptoms, unless it is required by their school, workplace, or health care provider. Those who should get tested are people experiencing symptoms, people who have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, and people who are not up to date on their vaccines and are at higher risk of illness.
There are currently 76 active cases in the region: 41 in Nome, 12 in Golovin, eight in Elim, four in Teller, three in St. Michael, three in Stebbins, two in Savoonga, and one each in Brevig, Wales, and White Mountain.