September 25, 2020
Contact: Sarah Richards, Public Relations Specialist
Nome, Alaska – Four additional Gambell patients are now safely isolating after testing positive for COVID-19 on Friday, September 25.
The new positive cases are most likely related to the previous 10 cases reported last Friday and earlier this week, bringing Gambell’s total to 14. The State of Alaska Section of Epidemiology and Public Health Nursing have been notified and are following up with any close contacts. NSHC is working closely with village leadership to encourage residents to take appropriate measures in reducing exposure and preventing the spread of the virus. NSHC has sent additional health care staff to Gambell to provide COVID-19 tests, flu vaccinations, and guidance to the community.
It is important that residents of the region remain vigilant by social distancing and wearing masks in public places. Cloth masks should be sanitized daily by putting them through the laundry or washing them with soap and water. Masks should be properly dried before reusing. Residents should also continue to physically distance by staying at least 6 feet away from non-household members. If you are feeling ill, it is important that you stay home and contact the NSHC Nurse Call Line at 907-443-6411 or 844-586-8773.
All residents in the region are strongly encouraged to get their flu vaccine this year to protect them against getting influenza during the COVID-19 pandemic. Getting the flu during the pandemic could lower your immune system defenses, and make you more vulnerable to other illnesses, including COVID-19.