Nome, Alaska – On February 7 and 8, Norton Sound Health Corporation identified two positive COVID-19 cases in the region.
The first patient is a non-resident of the region who tested positive in accordance with the City of Nome’s testing and quarantine mandate related to travel. The patient is now safely isolating.
The second patient is a resident of Koyuk. On Monday afternoon, NSHC held a teleconference with village leadership to discuss the new case and develop a response plan. NSHC recommends that anyone who might have been in contact with a positive patient get tested 48-72 hours after exposure and quarantine for seven days. The State of Alaska Section of Epidemiology and Public Health Nursing have been notified and will conduct further investigation.
There are currently five active cases in the region: two in Koyuk, one in Nome, one in White Mountain, and one in St. Michael.
NSHC continues to keep the public informed through a Weekly Data Dashboard. The graphic condenses information into pie charts to show details of the region’s total cases such as gender, age, and positive test timeline. It also reports total hospitalizations, deaths, and active cases. The total number of COVID-19 vaccinations given in the region can be found on the graphic. The dashboard is updated every Monday by noon, and can be accessed at this web address: https://my.visme.co/view/q6xw84jw-data-dashboard
If you have questions about COVID-19 testing, vaccinations, or have any concerns, you can call into NSHC’s Daily Tribal Leader Call every Monday-Thursday at 11 a.m. The call-in line is 1-800-315-6338; access code: 03286#.
If you develop a cough, fever, shortness of breath, vomiting, diarrhea, congestion, fatigue, headache, or loss of taste or smell, please immediately quarantine and make an appointment at the Cough and Cold Clinic by calling the main appointment desk at (907) 443-3333. You can also call the direct line to the Cough and Cold Clinic at (907) 443-9666 or (907) 443-4200.