FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nome, Alaska – On Wednesday, Dec. 8, Norton Sound Health Corporation identified 16 COVID-19 cases in the region. Of the new cases, five were in Nome, five were in Unalakleet, four were in Stebbins, and two were in St. Michael. All patients have been notified and are safely isolating.
Of the cases in Nome, two were close contacts of previously identified cases, and two were community spread. In Unalakleet, all patients were close contacts to previously identified cases. In Stebbins, three were close contacts, and one was community spread. In St. Michael, one was travel-related, and one was community spread.
Anyone in the region can get tested for COVID-19. In villages, contact your local clinic to schedule a test. To schedule an appointment in Nome for COVID-19 testing, please visit https://www.picktime.com/NSHC. Walk-ins are also welcome.
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.
There are currently 82 active cases in the region: 32 in Nome, 17 in Stebbins, 12 in Unalakleet, 11 in Brevig, four in Shaktoolik, three in St. Michael, two in Gambell, and one in Shishmaref. Village leadership in all communities have been notified.