October 16, 2020
Contact: Sarah Richards, Public Relations Specialist
Nome, Alaska – A resident of Stebbins has tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of recent cases in the village to 21.
The patient is considered a close contact and related to the recent outbreak in the community. The State of Alaska Section of Epidemiology and Public Health Nursing have been notified, and village leadership have been informed. Public buildings have limited to no access, and residents are encouraged to stay hunkered down. NSHC continues to work closely with the community by sending additional help and supplies for community-wide testing.
NSHC is working to streamline the COVID-19 screening and testing process in each of its 16 communities. In Nome, when children are asked to go home from school due to cough, cold, or flu-like symptoms, guardians should make an appointment at the Cough and Cold Clinic by calling 443-3333 Monday through Friday, or the Nurse Call Line on the weekend at 844-586-8773. The Cough and Cold Clinic is open seven days a week. In the villages, residents should call their local clinic to make an appointment.
All residents in the region are strongly encouraged to get their flu vaccine this year to protect them against getting influenza during the COVID-19 pandemic. Getting the flu during the pandemic could lower your immune system defenses, and make you more vulnerable to other illnesses, including COVID-19.