FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nome, Alaska – On Tuesday, Nov. 9, Norton Sound Health Corporation identified 32 COVID-19 cases in the region. Of the new cases, 19 are in Savoonga, 12 are in Nome, and one is in White Mountain. They have all been notified and are safely isolating.
Of the cases in Savoonga, all were considered community spread, and the vast majority were close contacts. In Nome, eight were close contacts to previously identified cases, and four were community spread. In White Mountain, the case was travel-related.
Norton Sound Health Corporation, including village clinics, will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day. 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.
Anyone in the region can get tested for COVID-19. In villages, contact your local clinic to schedule a test. To schedule an appointment in Nome for COVID-19 testing, please visit https://www.picktime.com/NSHC. Walk-ins are also welcome.
Testing for COVID-19 is open daily for asymptomatic people from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Nome Operations Building Testing Center, located at the corner of Greg Kruschek Avenue and K Street. The Testing Center is open during the lunch hour, but staffing is limited.
The Cough and Cold Clinic is available for testing every day for symptomatic patients. It is located on the first floor of the hospital and is open from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on weekends. You can call the direct line to the clinic at (907) 443-3231.
There are currently 220 active cases in the region: 106 are in Savoonga, 74 are in Nome, 14 in Unalakleet, 12 in Gambell, nine in Elim, three in Brevig, one in St. Michael, and one in White Mountain. Village leadership in all communities has been notified.