FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 23, 2021
Contact: Alexis Erikson, Public Relations Specialist
Phone: (907) 443-8918
19 COVID-19 Cases Identified on Monday
Nome, Alaska –Norton Sound Health Corporation identified 19 COVID-19 cases between Nome and Gambell on Monday, Nov. 22.
There were 18 cases in Nome: eight were close contacts to previously identified cases, nine were community spread cases, and one was a travel-related case. In Gambell, the case was travel-related.
There are safe ways to celebrate this holiday season while protecting your health and the health of those around you. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, plan ahead for Thanksgiving and ensure everyone who wants to participate in gatherings is fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
In addition, avoid crowded spaces, wash hands regularly, get tested if you feel sick, and don’t attend a gathering if you are sick. By working together, everyone can enjoy a safer holiday.
Norton Sound Health Corporation, including village clinics, will close on Wednesday, Nov. 24 at noon, and have a full day closure on Thursday, Nov. 25, in celebration of Thanksgiving. NSHC will also be closed on Friday, Nov. 26 for NSHC’s anniversary.
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. COVID-19 testing will only be available to incoming travelers from Alaska Airlines.
The Nurse Call Line – a free, Nome-based medical advice service – is available at 443-6411.
There are currently 115 active cases in the region: 89 are in Nome, 10 are in Shishmaref, seven are in Unalakleet, five are in Savoonga, and four are in Gambell. Village leadership in all communities have been notified.