FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nome, Alaska –Norton Sound Health Corporation identified five new COVID-19 cases in the region between Friday, April 22 and Sunday, April 24. Of the new cases, there were three in Shishmaref and two in Nome.
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.
In Nome, COVID-19 testing is available at the 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, and remains open on holidays. In regional villages, patients should contact their local clinic to schedule a test.
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.
There are currently 13 active cases in the region: six in Nome, six in Shishmaref, and one in Elim.