FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nome, Alaska – On Tuesday, Jan. 11, Norton Sound Health Corporation identified 54 COVID-19 cases between seven regional communities. Of the new cases, 29 were in Nome, seven were in Stebbins, six were in St. Michael, six were in Elim, three were in Unalakleet, two were in Golovin, and one was in Shishmaref.
In Nome, nine cases were travel-related, 17 were close contacts, and three were community spread. Two of these individuals are NSHC employees. In Stebbins, five were travel-related, one was a close contact, and one was community spread. In St. Michael, four were close contacts and two were community spread. In Elim, one was travel-related, four were close contacts, and one was community spread. In Unalakleet, two were close contacts and one was community spread. In Golovin, one was travel-related and one was a close contact. The case in Shishmaref was travel-related. Leadership has been notified in each community.
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.
To receive your test results via text, send a message with your full name and date of birth to 833-413-0568. You can also check the MyHealth patient portal. To sign up for an account, call NSHC Patient Registration at 443-4542.
There are currently 121 active cases in the region: 63 in Nome, 18 in St. Michael, 12 in Unalakleet, 12 in Elim, eight in Stebbins, three in Shishmaref, three in Golovin, and two in Teller.