FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 14, 2020
Contact: Alexis Erikson, Public Relations Specialist
Phone: (907) 443-8918
Five COVID-19 Cases Identified
On December 13, there were five positive COVID-19 cases identified in Nome.
The first case is travel related, the second case is considered to be community spread, while the other three patients are close contacts to previously identified cases. All patients are residents of Nome. The State of Alaska Section of Epidemiology and Public Health Nursing have been notified of the five cases and will conduct further investigation.
There have been 104 positive COVID-19 cases since the mid-November outbreak in Nome. 88 individuals have recovered. In Nome, there are currently 16 active cases, with zero active cases in our region’s villages.
Norton Sound Health Corporation is expected to receive the region’s first shipment of COVID-19 vaccinations within the week. This first shipment of vaccinations will be available to QCC elders and health care workers. If you have any questions, you can call into NSHC’s Daily Tribal Leader Call. Every Monday – Thursday, NSHC will provide a daily briefing about the COVID-19 pandemic preparation for communities at 11 a.m. The call-in line is 1-800-315-6338; access code: 03286#. If you have trouble dialing in, an alternative number to call is: 1-913-904-9376, also with access code: 03286#. NSHC will be sharing any new information they have about the COVID-19 vaccine and distribution plan for the region.