FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 11, 2020
Contact: Alexis Erikson, Public Relations Specialist
Phone: (907) 443-8918
On November 10, Norton Sound Health Corporation received four positive COVID-19 results in the Region.
The first two patients are travel related. Their positive results were found through the City of Golovin’s travel mandate. The leadership in Golovin has instated a community lockdown for the next 14 days. The school has transitioned to a red zone and will facilitate distance learning from home. Masks are required in all public spaces and the grocery store is restricted to two shoppers at any given time, who must be 16 years of age or older.
The third patient is related to the current outbreak in Stebbins. The community remains in a lock down, which means households should not visit other households.
The fourth patient received their positive COVID-19 result while in Nome. The State of Alaska Section of Epidemiology and Public Health Nursing have been notified of the four cases and will conduct further investigation, including contact tracing. All patients are safely isolating.
Routine testing has proven to be an effective tool for identifying the virus in the region. NSHC would like to recommend the option of testing routinely to anyone who is regularly in contact with community members. In addition to testing, wearing face coverings, washing hands frequently, and keeping your distance from others are important safety precautions to keep in mind.
If residents have questions regarding symptoms, which can include coughing, shortness of breath, fevering, fatigue, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, or other cold-like symptoms, they should contact their local clinic or the Nurse Call Line at (907) 443-6411 or 844-586-8773 if outside of regular clinic hours. Other general questions about COVID-19 can be directed to the State of Alaska’s 211 resource number.