FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nome, Alaska –Norton Sound Health Corporation identified five new COVID-19 cases in the region on Thursday, March 31. Of the new cases, there were three in Nome, one in Golovin, and one in Unalakleet.
A second booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine is now 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 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’s Nome COVID-19 testing locations will be changing in the coming days. The last day of testing at the Nome Airport will be Sunday, April 3, and the last day of testing at the NSHC Operations Building will be Thursday, April 7. Walk-in testing will remain available at the Cough and Cold Clinic, located at the hospital near Primary Care, from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, including on holidays.
There are currently 51 active cases in the region: 22 in Nome, nine in St. Michael, six in Wales, three in Brevig Mission, three in Shishmaref, two in Golovin, two in Unalakleet, two in White Mountain, one in Savoonga, and one in Stebbins.