FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 10, 2020
Contact: Sarah Richards, Public Relations Specialist
Nome, Alaska – A resident of a regional village is now safely isolating after testing positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, September 10. The patient agreed to allow NSHC to disclose their home community of Stebbins.
This case is presumed to be related to the other positive cases reported earlier this month, but the State of Alaska Section of Epidemiology and Public Health Nursing are still investigating to determine the virus’ origin. Close contacts of the patient have been contacted and are in the process of getting tested.
Stebbins has new community restrictions that include reducing the number of people allowed in public spaces and requiring proof of COVID-19 testing before boarding a flight into Stebbins. Additionally, the community has set a curfew of 9 p.m.
At this time, NSHC has tested at least 35 percent of residents in each of the 16 communities it serves. Anyone who has not been tested for COVID-19 in the past month is encouraged to retest, even if they are not experiencing any symptoms. If you are experiencing symptoms, please call the Nome Primary Clinic at 443-3333 or your local clinic before going in to get tested.