FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nome, Alaska – A Nome resident tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, April 26. The individual is a close contact to a previously identified case. The patient’s close contacts have been notified, and the patient is safely isolating.
Norton Sound Health Corporation continues to advise members of the public that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 if on the nights of Wednesday and Thursday, April 21 and 22 they visited the following Nome downtown establishments: Board of Trade, Breakers Bar, or Polar Bar.
If people were at any of those establishments during that time, NSHC recommends the following guidance in order to stop the spread of the virus:
- If you are not vaccinated against COVID-19, you should get tested, quarantine for seven days, and test again after the seven days.
- If you are vaccinated against COVID-19, you should watch for any symptoms of the virus.
- If you are unsure if you were at the establishments during that time and are not vaccinated, you should get tested and test again after seven days.
In Nome, testing for COVID-19 is now open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Nome Operations Building Testing Center, located at the corner of Greg Kruschek Avenue and K Street. The Testing Center will close for lunch from 12-1 p.m. but will otherwise be simultaneously available during the airport testing timeframe. Appointments for testing can be made at www.picktime.com/NSHC.
COVID-19 vaccinations are available to everyone 16 years and older in the region. In a village, residents can contact their local clinic to schedule a vaccination. In Nome, vaccinations are available at the following places and times:
- Nome NSHC Pharmacy – walk-in vaccinations are available 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m. Monday-Friday, and appointments are available Monday-Saturday at picktime.com/NSHC.
- Nome airport – Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are offered to passengers on incoming flights.
- Nome City Hall – after-hours vaccinations are available from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in April. Sign up for an appointment at picktime.com/NSHC.
- Nome post office – walk-in vaccinations are available 12-3 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays.
NSHC is striving for herd immunity at 70-80% of the entire region vaccinated. As of Sunday, April 25, the region’s entire population is 57% vaccinated against COVID-19.