FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nome, Alaska – On Thursday, October 7, Norton Sound Health Corporation identified 15 COVID-19 cases in the region. Of the new cases, 11 are in Nome, two are in Brevig Mission, and two are in Koyuk. All individuals have been notified and are safely isolating.
There are currently 90 active cases in the region: 45 are in Nome, 35 are in Brevig, eight are in Koyuk, one is in Gambell, and one is in Shaktoolik. Village leadership in all communities has been notified.
Norton Sound Health Corporation, including village clinics, will be closed next Monday, October 11, in observation of Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Employees will have the opportunity to celebrate and participate in employee education.
The ER will remain open for any emergencies and acute needs during this time. The Cough and Cold Clinic will also be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Nurse Call Line – a free, Nome-based medical advice service – is available at 443-6411.
With the continued rise of COVID-19 cases in the state and region, NSHC has updated its dental testing guidelines. COVID-19 testing is now advised for all patients, including those who have been vaccinated. Patients should schedule a COVID-19 test 24-48 hours before their appointment.