Community Spread COVID-19 Case Identified in Nome Resident
Nome, Alaska – Norton Sound Health Corporation identified one positive COVID-19 case on Monday, May 3. The case is considered to be community spread. The patient is safely isolating, and close contacts have been notified.
The addition of this case brings the total number of active COVID-19 cases in the region to five, all of which are in Nome.
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.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday, and appointments are available Monday-Saturday at com/NSHC.
- Nome airport – Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are offered to passengers on incoming flights.
- Nome post office – walk-in vaccinations are available 12-3:30 p.m. every Monday-Friday.
NSHC expects the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to be approved for children ages 12-15 by the end of this week or early next week. NSHC will be working with both the Bering Strait School District and Nome Public Schools to bring vaccination teams to all BSSD and Nome Public Schools, including Anvil City Science Academy, as early as next week. Parents and guardians should be watching for consent forms being brought home by their child. These forms will also be available on NSHC’s website, found here https://www.nortonsoundhealth.org/wp-content/uploads/Patient-Consent.pdf