FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nome, Alaska –Norton Sound Health Corporation identified 25 new COVID-19 cases in the region on Tuesday, April 12. Of the new cases, there were 13 in Shishmaref, eight in Wales, three in White Mountain, 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.
The NSHC Tribal Leader Call is now once a week, at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays. Call 1-800-315-6338; code: 03286# for the latest information on the pandemic and to have your COVID-19 questions answered by medical professionals.
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 58 active cases in the region: 29 in Shishmaref, 16 in White Mountain, six in Nome, six in Wales, and one in St. Michael.