FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nome, Alaska – On Sunday, April 25, Norton Sound Health Corporation identified a positive case of COVID-19 in a Nome resident. The case is believed to be acquired through community spread. The patient is now safely isolating and their close contacts are being notified.
NSHC would like to notify 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 advises the following 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.
Getting vaccinated for COVID-19 not only slows the spread of the virus but also allows individuals to continue on without much disruption to their daily lives if they happen to be exposed to the virus.
COVID-19 vaccinations are now available in different locations around Nome, including the NSHC Pharmacy and after-hours at Nome City Hall on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays this month. To make an appointment for a vaccination at those locations, sign up at www.picktime.com/NSHC. Walk-in vaccinations are available at the Nome Post Office from 12-3 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays, at the Nome airport for incoming passengers.