FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 23, 2020
Contact: Sarah Richards, Public Relations Specialist
Phone: (907) 443-4591
Nome, Alaska – On November 23, Norton Sound Health Corporation received six positive COVID-19 results. There are currently 46 active cases in Nome and five active cases in the region’s villages.
Two patients, one resident of Nome and one resident of the region, tested in accordance with the City of Nome travel mandate. They are safely isolating in Nome, where they will remain until fully recovered. These cases are considered to be travel-related.
Three other patients are Nome residents and are classified as close contacts of previously identified cases. The last patient is a non-resident of the region, and is also considered to be a close contact of a previous case. This patient was already in quarantine when they were informed of their positive test result.
The State of Alaska Section of Epidemiology and Public Health Nursing have been notified of all cases and will conduct further investigation, including contact tracing.
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.
In Nome, the Cough and Cold Clinic has expanded hours to Monday through Friday from 8a.m. to 8p.m. Patients can schedule an appointment by calling (907) 443-3333. On the weekend, the Cough and Cold Clinic is open from 10a.m. to 10p.m. Patients can make an appointment by calling (907) 443-6411 or 844-58-NURSE.
Appointments for rapid tests at the Testing Center (Nome OPS building) will be available Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday of this holiday weekend. Please visit www.picktime.com/NSHC to reserve an appointment slot.