FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nome, Alaska –Norton Sound Health Corporation identified eight new COVID-19 cases in the region on Tuesday, April 5. Of the new cases, there were three in Nome, two in Golovin, two in White Mountain, and one in Stebbins.
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 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.
NSHC’s Nome COVID-19 testing locations will be changing in the coming days. The last day of testing at the Nome Airport was on Sunday, April 3, and the last day of testing at the NSHC Operations Building will be Thursday, April 7. Testing will remain available at the Cough and Cold Clinic, located at the hospital, open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. The Cough and Cold Clinic is open on holidays.
There are currently 43 active cases in the region: 12 in White Mountain, nine in Nome, eight in Wales, five in Golovin, five in Shishmaref, two in St. Michael, one in Stebbins, and one in Unalakleet.