FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 19, 2022
Contact: Alexis Erikson, Public Relations Specialist
Phone: (907) 443-8918
15 COVID-19 Cases Identified on Monday
Nome, Alaska –Norton Sound Health Corporation identified 15 new COVID-19 cases in the region on Monday, April 18. Of the new cases, there were seven in White Mountain, three in Nome, two in Wales, and one in each Brevig, Golovin, and Shishmaref.
A second booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine is 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.
NSHC announced changes to its COVID-19 testing locations. The Nome Airport and NSHC Operations Building Testing Center are now closed, but COVID-19 testing is still available at the Nome Cough and Cold Clinic, located at the hospital’s Primary Care Clinic. The Cough and Cold Clinic is open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on weekends. The Cough and Cold Clinic remains open on holidays.
There are currently 29 active cases in the region: nine in White Mountain, eight in Shishmaref, six in Nome, four in Wales, one in Brevig, and one in Golovin.