FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nome, Alaska –Norton Sound Health Corporation identified 19 new COVID-19 cases in the region between Tuesday, April 19 and Wednesday, April 20. Of the new cases, there were 10 in Shishmaref, six in White Mountain, two in Nome, and one in St. Michael.
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 30 active cases in the region: 13 in White Mountain, 11 in Shishmaref, five in Nome, and one in Wales.