FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nome, Alaska –Norton Sound Health Corporation identified 14 new COVID-19 cases in the region on Thursday, April 8. Of the new cases, there were 11 in Nome, two in Shishmaref, and one in Unalakleet.
NSHC’s Nome COVID-19 testing locations have recently changed. The last day of testing at the Nome Airport was on Sunday, April 3, and the last day of testing at the NSHC Operations Building was Thursday, April 7. Testing will remain available at the Cough and Cold Clinic, located at the hospital, open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. The Cough and Cold Clinic is open on holidays.
A second booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine is now available to people aged 50 and older, if desired. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a second booster shot for the 50-plus age range, as long as individuals received their first booster shot at least four months ago. Those most at risk for severe COVID-19 remain people aged 65 and older and people over 50 years, who have underlying medical conditions.
Vaccinations are available by walk-in or appointment at the NSHC Pharmacy 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2-5:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. Patients in regional villages may contact their local clinic to arrange a booster vaccination.
There are currently 39 active cases in the region: 13 in Nome, 11 in White Mountain, six in Shishmaref, four in Golovin, two in Unalakleet, and one each in St. Michael, Stebbins, and Wales.