FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 30, 2021
Contact: Sarah Richards, Public Relations Specialist
Nome, Alaska – On June 30, Norton Sound Health Corporation identified two positive COVID-19 cases. Both patients are residents of Koyuk and the source of the virus is community spread. There are currently 13 active cases in the region.
NSHC is encouraging residents to celebrate the 4th of July holiday safely and protect your community against COVID-19. If you are vaccinated, you can go without a mask in public and can gather in groups. If you are not vaccinated, you should continue to wear a mask, social distance, wash hands, and celebrate outdoors. Most importantly, if you are eligible and not yet vaccinated, get your vaccination by contacting your local clinic.
The City of Nome has extended its emergency declaration for 90 days, but testing and travel quarantine are now voluntary for those arriving at the Nome airport. COVID-19 testing and vaccinations will continue to be provided at the airport. If you are flying on Bering Air to a regional village, please have your vaccination card or negative test ready to show, and be sure to check local travel mandates by visiting https://www.nortonsoundhealth.org/village-covid-19-travel-resolutions/.