FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 22, 2021
Contact: Alexis Erikson, Public Relations Specialist
Phone: (907) 443-8918
3 Communities Acquire Additional COVID-19 Cases
Nome, Alaska – Norton Sound Health Corporation identified seven COVID-19 cases between Unalakleet, Stebbins, and Nome on Tuesday, Dec. 21.
There were two close contact and one community spread case in Unalakleet, one close contact and one community spread case in Stebbins, and two travel-related cases in Nome.
With Christmas just a few days away, NSHC advises all regional residents to enjoy this holiday season safely. Protect yourself by washing hands regularly, avoiding poorly ventilated spaces, and staying 6 feet apart from those who do not live with you.
The Center of Disease Control and Prevention shares that by working together, we can enjoy safer holidays, travel, and protect our own health as well as the health of our family and friends.
On Thursday, Dec. 23 and Friday, Dec. 24, Norton Sound Health Corporation, including village clinics, will be closed in celebration of Christmas.
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. on weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends for anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and would like to see a physician.
The Nome Operations Building Testing Center, normally open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., will be closed on all three days. Testing will be available to incoming travelers at the airport.
There are currently 45 active cases in the region: 22 are in Unalakleet, 13 are in Nome, seven are in St. Michael, and three are in Stebbins. Village leadership in all communities have been notified.