FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 18, 2022
Contact: Alexis Erikson, Public Relations Specialist
Phone: (907) 443-8918
29 COVID-19 Cases Identified in Four Days
Nome, Alaska –Norton Sound Health Corporation identified 29 new COVID-19 cases in the region on between Thursday, April 14 and Sunday, April 17. Of the new cases, there were 17 in Shishmaref, five in White Mountain, four in Nome, and three in Wales.
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 30 active cases in the region: 14 in Shishmaref, eight in Nome, six in White Mountain, and two in Wales.